Stay-at-Home Orders for DeKalb and Gwinnett


Yesterday, DeKalb and Gwinnett Counties issued new orders concerning the novel coronavirus. These orders impose new restrictions and are summarized below.

For many, these changes won't represent a significant change from what you're already doing. You can still go to the grocery store and walk outside (but maintain 6 feet social distancing).

The number of COVID-19 cases continue to skyrocket across the country and here in Georgia. It is a very challenging time. I hope that you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe.

DeKalb County Stay-at-Home Order (Effective at 9 PM on March 28, 2020 and in effect until further notice)

The order can be found here.

CEO Michael Thurmond issued a Stay-at-Home Order that states:

- All individuals living in DeKalb are directed to stay at their place of residence.

- Individuals are permitted to leave their residence only to provide or receive certain essential services or engage in certain essential activities and work for essential businesses and essential government functions.

- Individuals may leave their residence to perform any of the following Essential Activities. All persons are required to remain 6 feet from each other.

- To engage in activities or tasks essential to an individual or family member's health and safety (including pets).

- To obtain necessary services and supplies for themselves, their family, or household, or to deliver those services or supplies to others.

- To engage in outdoor activity, provided individuals remain at least 6 feet from each other.

- To perform work for Essential Businesses (defined in the Order) or to obtain products or services from Essential Businesses.

- To care for a person who is medically fragile or family member or pet in another household.

- To engage in Essential Governmental Functions.

- Public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited (except for the limited purposes allowed in the Order).

- Individuals who are medically fragile and people who are sick are strongly encouraged to stay in their residence to the extent possible except as necessary to seek medical care.

- Homeless individuals are exempt but strongly urged to find shelter.

- Any person showing symptoms of COVID-19 shall refrain from entering public buildings, restaurants, shops, public transportation facilities, and all other areas where the public ingresses or egresses.

- All businesses except Essential Businesses (which are defined in the Order—click the link for details) are encouraged to cease all except Minimum Basic Operations (defined in the Order).


The Order states:
In recognition that the County does not have the personnel or resources to monitor and police distancing or gathering limitations or stay at home requirements, the DeKalb County police department and other departments of County government as necessary are authorized to support compliance with this Order through information delivery and education of individuals about the terms of this Order and the imminent threat posed by COVID-19.

The information above is a summary. Please refer to the Order for details.

Gwinnett County Stay-at-Home Order (Effective at 12:01 AM on March 28, 2020 and will continue to be in effect until 11:59 PM on April 13, 2020)

Gwinnett issued Local Emergency Order No. 1-4 found here.

Chairman Charlotte Nash issued an Order that states:

- Individuals to Stay at Home.

- If individuals share outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonably possible maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet.

- Individuals may leave their place of residence only for Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses. These are all defined in the Order.

- All businesses other than Essential Businesses are required to cease all activities except Minimum Basic Operations (defined in the Order).

- Public Gatherings are Prohibited.

- Cease Non-essential Travel.

- Exemptions

- Individuals may leave their residence to perform Essential Activities.

- To engage in activities or perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members or partners or significant others, as well as pets. For example, to obtain medical supplies or medication, visit a health care professional, or obtain supplies needed to work from home.

- To engage in outdoor activity such as walking, hiking, running, or bicycling provided social distancing requirements are followed (e.g. stay 6 feet away from others).

- To perform work at an Essential Business or to carry out Minimum Basic Operations.

- To obtain necessary services from Essential Businesses or access Essential Governmental Services for themselves and their family or household members.

The information above is a summary. Please refer to the Order for details.


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