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In order to stop the spread of COVID-19, everyone should stay in place and practice social distancing. However, the ordinance allows people to leave their homes for essential activities defined as:
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You can read the Shelter In Place Ordinance here.
The Shelter in Place Ordinance went into effect on March 25 and is currently scheduled to end at 11:50 p.m. on April 7. However, the date remains subject to the situation and the order can be extended if needed.
For the purposes of this Order, “Essential Businesses” means:
All other businesses are considered non-essential and shall remain closed to the public and shall remain open only for minimum basic operations
For the purposes of the order “minimum basic operations” means:
The Newton County Sheriff’s Office has been authorized to perform the duties of enforcing the Shelter in Place Ordinance. The Sheriff’s Office is encouraged to exercise its discretion to avoid making arrests for less serious criminal activity encountered in the course of enforcing the order.
The Sheriff’s Office can be reached at 678-625-1403 or www.newtonsheriffga.org.