On Friday, DeKalb and Gwinnett counties issued orders for residents to stay at home, in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic.
DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond issued the shelter-in-place order. It says, “individuals are permitted to leave their places of residence only to provide or receive certain essential services or engage in certain essential activities and work for essential businesses and essential governmental functions,” according to the press release.
The order, which applies to all county residents, goes into effect at 9 p.m. Saturday until further notice.
“We are trying to save lives from the serious COVID-19 public health threat,” Thurmond said in a statement.
In Gwinnett, Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash and the mayors of the county’s 16 cities issued stay-at-home orders for their jurisdictions, according to a press release.
Under the orders, Gwinnett residents may leave their homes “to conduct activities that are essential to their own health and safety and that of family/household members, partners, significant others and pets,” according to the press release.
Essential activities include, but are not limited to: getting food, medication and medical supplies, household consumer supplies and health care services or caring for a family member or pet in another household.
The Gwinnett order says people can engage in outdoor activities, like walking, running or bicycling. But they must comply with social-distancing requirements.
This local emergency order is in effect from 12:01 a.m. Saturday through 11:59 p.m. April 13, or until it is “extended, rescinded, superseded or amended in writing by the chairman,” according to the press release.