Clayton County issues mandatory shelter in place order due to coronavirus

After midnight Tuesday, Clayton County will join the growing list of metro Atlanta cities and counties that have enacted mandatory shelter in place policies for residents amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Anyone living in unincorporated Clayton County will be mandated to stay at their homes, with the exception of “essential activities,” the county board of commissioners said in a news release.

These activities include work-related responsibilities, obtaining groceries and medicine, exercise and taking care of family members or pets in another household. For a full list of "essential activities," click here to read the full document.

IMPORTANT: This Order shall become effective at 12:01 a.m. on April 1, 2020 and will continue to be in effect until...

Posted by Clayton County Government on Tuesday, March 31, 2020

When out in public, residents are also ordered to practice social distancing by staying six feet away from others at all times, the release said.

All public and private events and gatherings are also prohibited within the county, which includes weddings, religious gatherings, parties and funerals among others.

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Clayton County police and other law enforcement officers will enforce the shelter in place policy through “information delivery and education” instead of with arrests or citations.

The order will last through April 12.

On Tuesday, the City of Riverdale also announced a curfew in an effort to slow down the spread of COVID-19. The curfew will be enforced between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

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