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Coronavirus Updates and Safety Information

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Georgia DPH Daily COVID-19 Update

Georgia Shelter-In-Place Order

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed into effect a state-wide shelter-in-place order to take effect Friday, April 3, 2020 at 6 pm. This order states that people must shelter in place unless deemed an essential worker, or running what are deemed as essential errands such as grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, doctor’s visits, taking care of elderly family or friends, or exercising while following social distancing guidelines. The mandate runs through at least April 30. 2020.

You can find the full order HERE.

For a list of FAQ’s and answers, click HERE.

School Closures / Updates

Business Impacts

  • Per Gov. Kemps Phase One return to business order, all restaurants may resume on-premise dining on Monday, April 27th, as well as offering drive-thru, pick-up, curbside or delivery service.
  • All gyms and fitness centers can reopen Friday, April 24
  • All bars and clubs are closed
  • Bowling Alleys may reopen Friday, April 24th and movie theaters on Monday, April 27th.
  • All personal grooming businesses, such as hair and nail salons, tanning centers, tattoo parlors, massage therapy offices, can reopen Friday, April 24.
  • Per the City of Valdosta, Lowndes County and the VLPRA, all parks and recreation facilities are closed.

Although the shelter-in-place order remains in effect, the businesses listed above may choose to reopen, but under strict guidelines. SEE THE GUIDELINES HERE

For an alphabetical list of other impacts, please click here

Steps to Protect Yourself

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for those with a higher risk of getting very sick: Older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.

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