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Henry County adopts Safer-at-Home Ordinance – Moving Henry Forward

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The Henry County BOC has voted 6-0 to adopt a safer-at-home ordinance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ordinance, prepared in collaboration with the four cities, states all county residents should stay at their place of residence unless completing one of the tasks described below.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has issued a statewide shelter-in-place. The governor’s order supersedes all local ordinances. Please visit the Henry Daily Herald for more information.

Exemptions to the Ordinance

Trips for the following purposes are exempt from the stay at home order:

Activities essential to health & safety, including visits to a health care provider or a pharmacy.Obtain necessary services or supplies such as purchasing food, pet supplies, household consumer products, and products to maintain a residence.Engage in outdoor activity, provided they comply with social distancing requirements.Perform work related to an essential business, infrastructure, public safety and first responders, or to provide upkeep at closed businesses.Care for a family member or pet in another household.Essential Businesses encouraged to remain open

Many businesses have been characterized as either essential or non-essential in recent weeks, a term generally not heard prior to the outbreak of COVID-19. All businesses within the county, except those defined as essential, are to close.

Essential businesses include the places listed below.

Healthcare operations and essential infrastructure (transportation and public works)Grocery stores, produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and pet supply storesPackage storesFarms and food cultivationBusinesses that provide food, shelter, or social servicesNewspapers, television, radio, and other media servicesGas stations, auto-supply, and auto-repair facilitiesBanks and related financial institutionsHardware storesPlumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providersEducational institutions, except when closed by the governorMailing, shipping, and delivery servicesLaundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providersRestaurants, limited to delivery or carry-outOffice supply stores and other businesses that support working from homeManufactures or suppliers of products sold by essential businessesPrivate transportation providersHome-based careResidential facilities including hotels and motelsChildcare facilities providing services that enable essential employees to workProfessional servicesRepair or construction work for residences and businessesRoad construction, maintenance, and repairIndustrial manufacturersPlaces of Worship / Funeral Services

The ordinance does not apply to places of worship. Churches and other houses of worship are encouraged to conduct “drive-in” services, utilize social media, and other alternative means to broadcast services. For in-person services, funerals and graveside services, reasonable steps should be taken to follow “Social Distancing.”

Enforcement and Duration

Penalty provisions for individuals are not included. Henry County will support compliance through information delivery and education about the threat to public health imposed by COVID-19. Businesses that violate the ordinance may be cited by officers for a code violation.

The ordinance becomes effective at 12:01 am on April 2 and will remain in effect until 11:59 pm on April 21, or until it is otherwise extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the board of commissioners.

Henry County residents may visit for the most recent information regarding the county government, closures and cancellations, and health resources during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Clayton Carte is the founder and editor of Moving Henry Forward. The blog focuses on transportation projects and land use planning within Henry County. Clayton graduated from Ola High School and attends Clayton State University studying political science. His goals include working as an urban planner and encouraging others to engage with local government.
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