The city will not be enforcing this policy by issuing fines or arresting violators but instead will enforce it with “engagement” and guidance, according to the ordinance.
There are many exceptions to the “shelter in place” order, allowing residents to leave their homes. Those essential actions include obtaining groceries, medication, outdoor exercise and work-related responsibilities. Restaurants will also still be able to offer takeout and delivery services, but dine-in services must cease.
RELATED: Jobless claims soar in Georgia — worse likely coming
For a full list of exceptions, click here to read the full ordinance.
In addition, $3 million was approved to help people, businesses and agencies affected by the pandemic.
Athens, home to the University of Georgia, has fewer people within its city limits than usual due to state universities suspending class for the rest of the spring semester. On Thursday, officials announced that the first UGA student tested positive for COVID-19.
MORE: University of Georgia student tests positive for COVID-19
Athens is not the only place in Georgia taking extensive measure in an attempt to slow down the spread of the virus.
The City of South Fulton enacted the state's first coronavirus-related curfew, barring people from leaving their homes between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.
On Thursday, Atlanta shut down all in-person dining at restaurants in addition to closing all bars, nightclubs, private social clubs, fitness centers, gyms, movie theaters, bowling alleys and arcades within the city limits.
RELATED: Atlanta mayor closes restaurants to inside dining
Several other cities, including Brookhaven, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, have enacted similar policies.
In other news:
The unit will house patients who test positive but don't need medical attention.