Forsyth County extends COVID-19 state of emergency

Forsyth County Board Chairman Laura Semanson has renewed and extended to May 13 the county’s state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Forsyth's emergency declaration, issued March 18, "calls for all available resources of the county to be used as necessary to cope with the impact of COVID-19 on Forsyth County," according to a county announcement.

The declaration extending the state of emergency cites Gov. Brian Kemp’s decisions to extend the statewide shelter in place order to April 30 and public health emergency to May 13.

The Forsyth Administration Building, county offices on West Maple Street, animal shelter and code compliance offices have been closed to the public.

Semanson also has issued declarations and orders, including closing dine-in and outdoor/patio services at restaurants, suspending purchasing policies related to COVID-19, suspending occupation tax penalties and fines, and allowing online public bid openings.