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The Henry County Board of Commissioners passed a shelter in place ordinance Wednesday for all residents living in unincorporated Henry County.

MCDONOUGH — The Henry County Board of Commissioners approved a Shelter-in-Place ordinance Wednesday afternoon to slow the spread of the Coronavirus.

Board chair June Wood said after several discussions, the four cities within the county are in support of the shelter in place ordinance and plan to pass such ordinances as well.

The ordinance will take effect at 12:01 a.m. April 2 and will currently end on April 21 at 11:59 p.m.

Shelter-in-Place means all citizens living in unincorporated Henry County can only leave their home for essential activities, government functions or to operate an essential business.

This also means all businesses, with the exception of essential businesses, must cease all activities. Working from home is still allowed.

Public and private gatherings of any number of people outside is prohibited.

Essential activities include:

• Engage in activities or perform tasks essential to the health and safety for themselves, family or household members including pets.

• Obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves, family or household or to deliver services or supplies to others.

• To engage in outdoor activity provided individuals comply with social distancing requirements such as walking, hiking, running or bicycling.

• To perform work providing essential productions or services.

• To care for a family member or pet in another household.

• Residents may leave their home or work to go to a hospital, clinic, dentist, pharmacy, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers, home healthcare services providers, mental health providers or any related healthcare services. This includes veterinary care for animals.

• Residents may leave their home to provide any services or perform any work necessary to the operations and maintenance of “essential infrastruture” including public works construction, construction and all related activities (in particular affordable housing or housing for individuals experiencing homelessness), airport operations, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet, and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services.

• All first responders, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, court personnel, and law enforcement personnel, and others who need to perform essential services are categorically exempt from this ordinance. Further, nothing in this Ordinance shall prohibit any individual from performing or accessing “Essential Governmental Functions.” 
The ordinance offers a number of essential businesses including healthcare operations, grocery stores, gas stations, childcare facilities and stores that sell both grocery stores and non-grocery stores.

The full list of essential businesses is on pages 7-10 of the ordinance. Residents can download and read the full ordinance at www.co.henry.ga.us/.

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