Residents are only allowed to leave their houses to obtain supplies, including medicine or supplies needed to work from home; to obtain food and other consumer products, including take-out and drive-through; to walk, hike, bicycle or run, as long as they can stay at least six feet away from other people; to care for a pet or family member in another household; to go to a veterinarian or a doctor; to receive deliveries from a business that delivers; or to help someone else obtain necessary supplies.
Businesses are encouraged to operate only minimum basic functions to maintain the value of their inventory, ensure security and process payroll and employee benefits
The order applies to for-profit, nonprofit or private educational entities. Businesses that consist exclusively of employees or contractors who work from home can keep operating.
Essential government functions, including first responders, and solid waste, telecommunications, utilities and construction workers, are also exempt.
Police officers across the county are authorized to enforce the order.
The order was released Friday afternoon by Lawrenceville. Chuck Warbington, the city manager, said it was done in conjunction with Gwinnett County and all the cities were on board. The county sent its own release about 20 minutes later.
Warbington said the cities and the county have been “progressively getting tighter and tighter” as COVID-19 continues to spread. The additional order is intended to keep people safe, he said.
“Folks aren’t taking this seriously,” Warbington said. “We’re trying to get tighter and tighter and tighter to make sure people understand this is a serious issue.”