Georgia cracks down on residents leaving home, Fulton violators face fines/jail

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Gov. Brian Kemp said today said he is preparing a statewide shelter-in-place order for the entire state of Georgia in stepped-up efforts to curb the spread of a coronavirus pandemic.  Kemp said he plans to issue the order on Thursday, making it effective April-13.

Kemp said he also plans to sign an order cancelling K-12 schools the rest of the academic year.

The governor said the shelter-in-place order would include exceptions for grocery stores, medical supplies and other essential services.  It would likely allow restaurants to serve takeout but continue to ban dine-in service.

The governor said law enforcement would actively enforce the restrictions, but did not outline the restrictions.

In Fulton County, which has more than 1 million people, officials said those who violate the order could be charged with a misdemeanor and subject of fines up to $1,000 and/or 12 months in jail per offense. The order is posted on the Fulton County Board of Health web site.

Gwinnett County Solicitor General Brian Whiteside that anyone violating Gwinnett’s stay-at-home order could be fined $1,000 and spend up to 60 days in jai.

Rockdale Board of Commissioners Oz Nesbitt, Sr. said Rockdale’s shelter-in-place order remains in place. He said that so far, law enforcement has not had to issue any fines or jail in Rockdale.

“Our focus has been on getting people to comply. We’ve asked the Sheriff’s Office to communicate and strongly encourage folks to be in compliance. If they have to write a citation, the person cited will have to appear before the judge. We don’t want to arrest anybody. We just want them to comply and stay at home, unless they must go out for food or medicine.”

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  • Pastor Paillanr Romane

    April 4, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Why Churches can not Function while their Prayer Can make a big Different in the Conutry wide.
    2 Chronicles 7:14


  • Pastor Romane Paillant

    April 4, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    The Governor should allow the Churches to operate as for now this is the only Hope for the world and the nation.


  • Cheryl monos

    April 5, 2020 at 8:56 am

    The next 2weeks3are suppose to be the worse so why not keep the stay at home till the crisis is over we have come this far ANOTHER 2 weeks is a piece of cake do not let all we have gone through go to waste and we lose more people please


  • Lisa hicks

    April 6, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Well then tell the manager at the Murray lodge in Murray co Ga to stop setting out people’s stuff


  • Nancy Hughes

    April 11, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Governor Kemp, We need too wear a mask while grocery shopping and picking meds, please please, we have too protect ourselves , wearing the Covid-19 mask protect us from each other, please Dnt restrict us from protecting our selves, and thank you , sir


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