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Fulton County orders residents to shelter-in-place; violators could be jailed or fined $1000

NRI Pulse Staff Report

Atlanta, GA, April 1, 2020: All residents of Fulton County are commanded to stay at their place of residence, per the order posted on the county’s health website.

Fulton County includes metro Atlanta, and has over 600 active cases, the highest number in Georgia.

“All individuals are permitted to leave their places of residence only to provide or receive certain essential services or engage in certain essential activities and work for essential businesses and essential governmental functions,” the order says.

All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited, except for limited purposes.

Individuals are who medically fragile in that they are at an increased risk for contracting covid-19 and people who are sick are strongly encouraged to stay in their residence to the extent possible except as necessary to seek medical care.

Homeless people are exempt from the order, but are strongly urged to find shelter and government agencies and non-profits to provide shelter, housing and assistance.

Any person showing symptoms recognized by the CDC as indicators of covid-19 shall refrain from entering public buildings, restaurants, shops, public transportation facilities and all other areas where the public ingresses or eggresses. Such a person should seek medical attention, follow the directions of their PCP, and remain quarantined in their home until given the clearance to return to public interaction.

Violations of the order shall constitute a misdemeanor and subject the violator to penalties and fines of up to $1000 and/or up to 12 months in jail per offense, adds the order signed by Dr. S. Elizabeth Ford, Fulton health director.

The order shall remain in place until rescinded.

More details about what constitutes essential services can be found here: http://fultoncountyboh.org/boh/media/attachments/2020/04/01/20.03.31.-fulton-county-boh-administrative-order.pdf

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