Paulding declares state of emergency, closes businesses and parks

Credit: Christina Matacotta

Credit: Christina Matacotta

Fears over the coronavirus led the Paulding County commission chair to sign a state of emergency Thursday, closing many businesses and parks.

“Gyms, fitness centers, pools, social clubs, event facilities, amusement facilities, bowling alleys, pool halls, theaters, massage parlors, tattoo parlors, nail salons and any other similar facility, any facility used for an activity that involves prolonged physical proximity of individuals and any facility used for entertainment, social, grooming or general health and well-being purposes, must close and remain closed during the duration of this emergency,” the ordinanc states.

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Paulding’s parks are also closed. Restaurants that already have licenses to sell alcohol will be allowed to sell unopened bottles or cans through delivery or take out, according to the ordinance.

Businesses that remain open must allow those inside to stay at least 6 feet apart with no more than 10 inside at one time, the ordinance states.

The county also said it will not disconnect utility services due to non-payment during the emergency.

According to the latest numbers from the Georgia Department of Public Health, there are seven confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Paulding.