Two of the prime outdoor parks in Pickens County have closed after seeing large crowds there following the shelter-in-place order for this county.
Talking Rock Nature Preserve, across from Biguns BBQ on Highway 515, announced they were closing for the extent of the county’s shelter-in-place ordinance.
Bill Jones, of the park’s owner Southeast Trust for Parks and Land, said in an e-mail to board members that reports of large crowds gathering in parking areas were not in line with the social distancing requirements.
By Beau Evans
Capitol Beat News Service
Gov. Brian Kemp is sending more than 100 Georgia National Guard members to oversee operations at assisted-living facilities and nursing homes in the state where elderly residents have been infected with coronavirus.
Senior citizens are among the most vulnerable populations at risk for harmful health effects from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel strain of coronavirus that has sparked a global pandemic. The virus had infected at least 3,817 people and killed 108 in Georgia as of noon Tuesday.
A Message from the Mayor
CITY ISSUES EMERGENCY DECLARATION/SHELTER IN PLACE
“What the City of Jasper’s stay at home really means”
So, we have 11 pages of legal documents that are difficult for those of us who are not lawyers to read, let alone understand. Let’s break this down.
Most of this is what we “should” have been doing anyway such as stay home, stay away from crowds, stay 6 ft. away from everyone, wash your hands, don’t touch anything you don’t have to, including your face. And when you do touch or handle things, wash your hands. Did I mention using hand sanitizer and/or washing your hands?
By Dave Williams
Capitol Beat News Service
ATLANTA - Gov. Brian Kemp Thursday ordered Georgia’s public schools closed through April 24 as cases of coronavirus continue to rise.
"I am deeply grateful to State School Superintendent Richard Woods, the Georgia Department of Education, superintendents, and parents for keeping us informed and helping us make the right decision for our students,” Kemp said in a prepared statement.
"Throughout this process, we will continue to seek the advice of public health officials, school leaders, and families to ensure the health and safety of the educational community. As we approach April 24, 2020, we ask for continued patience and flexibility since circumstances may change, but we encourage families to stay strong and follow the guidance of federal, state, and local leaders in the weeks ahead."
Press Release from Pickens County Government
After reviewing the executive order of Governor Brian Kemp and consulting with the Pickens County Board of Health, the Department of Public Health and Piedmont Mountainside Hospital officials, the Board of Commissioners declared a local state of emergency and enacted emergency ordinances this afternoon. This declaration is effective immediately through April 7, 2020 at 11:59pm. A few key items within the emergency ordinances:
Please continue to monitor our website at www.pickenscountyga.gov for updates and to access the full emergency ordinance.
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