Grocery stores, convenience stores and other essential businesses will remain open, but those entities are asked to instruct customers to observe a “6-foot rule, a 6-foot distance between themselves, staff and other customers.
“These decisions are not being made lightly,” Dougherty County Commission Chairman Chris Cohilas said. “This is a matter of life and death. It is not because we are anti-church. It is not because we are anti-business.”
The declarations came after Doughterty County announced that two additional residents died from COVID-19. There are four COVID-19 victims that have died in the county in total.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced a similar order Thursday for various types of businesses.