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Statewide shelter-in-place starts tonight at 6 p.m.

By Beau Evans
Staff Writer
Capitol Beat News Service

   Amid the push to curb coronavirus, a statewide shelter-in-place order that will shutter in-person patronizing of bars, gyms, restaurants, theaters and many other activities is set to begin at 6 p.m. Friday and last through April 13.

    Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order Thursday evening that exempts a range of activities deemed “essential services” like food and medical supply pick-ups and deliveries, critical infrastructure and those that help maintain minimum business operations.

Read more: Statewide shelter-in-place starts tonight at 6 p.m.

Local schools' statement on closure for remainder of academic year



Press Release from Pickens School District

On Wednesday, Governor Brian Kemp announced closures of all K-12 school buildings for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This announcement also cancels nearly all school events scheduled to occur this spring at Pickens County Schools. Included are most special events, extracurricular activities and community leases of school facilities. Decisions about graduation have not yet been made.

Read more: Local schools' statement on closure for remainder of academic year

County extends local state of emergency to April 30


 PRESS RELEASE PICKENS COUNTY GOVERNMENT - After reviewing the latest guidance from state and federal officials, and consulting with the Pickens County Board of Health, the Department of Public Health and Piedmont Mountainside Hospital officials, the Board of Commissioners has extended the local state of emergency and emergency ordinances enacted on March 24, 2020. This declaration will now be in effect through April 30, 2020 at 11:59pm. Please remember a few key items within the emergency ordinances:

Read more: County extends local state of emergency to April 30

Pandemic shakes up election year

All voters will get an absentee ballot application this year



Shelter-in-place orders and the threat of COVID-19 have caused unprecedented changes in our country, including huge changes to this year’s election cycle. As a result, all 6.9 million Georgia voters will receive an absentee ballot application so they can request to vote in the May 19 primary from the safety of their home. 

“Times of turbulence and upheaval like the one we Georgians face require decisive action if the liberties we hold so dear are to be preserved,” said Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. “The people of Georgia, from the earliest settlers to heroes like Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Congressman John Lewis, have fought too long and too hard for their right to vote to have it curtailed.

Read more: Pandemic shakes up election year