The Cobb County cities of Acworth, Powder Springs and Austell have declared their own states of emergencies to help combat the spread of coronavirus.
Each city’s order limits restaurants to take-out or delivery services; closes bars, night clubs, private social clubs, fitness centers, gyms and recreational clubs; and prohibits businesses or public events from having 10 or more people in one location at a time.
Businesses that remain open during the state of emergency have to maintain at least 6 feet of personal space between employees and customers at all times.
Acworth’s executive order also closes park amenities such as restrooms, playgrounds, pavilions and sports fields. The city requires residents to shelter in place “as much as possible.”
People can only leave home for work or an emergency, or to obtain food, medication and medical attention. Grocery stores, pharmacies and day cares are exempt from the city’s order. Acworth’s order goes into effect noon Wednesday, March 25.
In Austell a city order bans public gatherings of 10 or more people on any city-owned property, suspends disconnection of public utilities and imposes a voluntary curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Its order went into effect Tuesday, March 24.
Austell has also closed City Hall through April 10, and its Fire and Police departments have limited foot traffic from the public. You can visit the city’s website to get details on which departments are affected.
Power Springs’ order states non-essential businesses are required to limit hours of operation from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. The city’s order lists which businesses are deemed essential. The order goes into effect Wednesday, March 25.
Along with Cobb’s six cities, the county on Tuesday declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cobb has ordered residents to shelter in place and banned public gatherings of 10 or more people through April 15. It also mandates non-essential businesses only operate from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Cobb restaurants can only provide take-out service.
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