Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul orders shelter in place

Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul (AJC File Photo)

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Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul (AJC File Photo)

Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul called on residents to shelter in place, Tuesday, and leave home only for essential needs. The order is an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

In a Facebook video address as well as a written statement, Paul's order allows for outside work for essential business and government services. Otherwise, businesses must stop operating at physical locations.

“As the situation regarding the coronavirus continues to evolve, the city of Sandy Springs’ first priority is the health, well-being and safety of its citizens,” said Paul, in the statement.

Sandy Springs declared a state of emergency on March 17; limited restaurants to takeout and delivery dining only, on Friday, as well as nightclubs, fitness centers and other places that serve food and draw large numbers of people.

On Monday city parks were closed.

Group gatherings outside of a single household is prohibited, said Paul.

“Currently, these restrictions apply to all citizens regardless of age,” he said. “Failure to comply with these directives may lead to more restrictive action by [City] Council in the future.”