Neighboring Habersham County adopts Emergency Resolution mandating "stay-at-home" policies

Residents in other counties that have adopted stay-at-home orders are asked to not travel to Habersham County.

Habersham Count Commissioners, at a called 9 a.m. meeting today, March 28, unanimously adopted a State of Emergency Resolution.

The meeting was scheduled one day after the Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 statistics showed Habersham as having one confirmed COVID-19 case, and then removed that case at the subsequent update. This morning's DPH update continues to show Habersham with zero confirmed cases.

ConnectLocal contacted Board Chairman Stacy Hall to inquire if any of the adopted measures impacted citizens from other counties and their ability to travel to, and through, Habersham county.

“Within resolution is language to the effect that visitors from areas under a shelter in place directive, are encouraged to abide by that directive and avoid recreational activities in Habersham,” Hall said.

Stephens County Commissioners have adopted a resolution in support of Governor Brian Kemp’s March 23 Executive Order that included “shelter-In-place” directives, but have not instituted a specific Stephens County emergency order or shelter-in-place/stay-at-home order.

The State of Emergency resolution adopted by the Habersham Board of County Commissioners declared an official “local public health state of emergency” to continue “until the conditions requiring this declaration are abated.”

The resolution states that “individuals may leave there residences as follows; however, people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and people who are sick are urged to stay in their residences to the extent possible except as necessary to seek medical care.”

  • To engage in activities or perform tasks nonessential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members or partners or significant others (including, but not limited to, pets) such as … obtaining medical supplies or medications, visiting healthcare professionals or obtaining supplies they need to work from home.

  • To obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or to deliver those services or supplies to others. Examples listed in the resolution included food, pet supplies, and household consumer products.’

  • To engage in outdoor activities, as long as social distancing requirements are complied with.

  • To perform work away from their personal residence as long as the 10-people, six foot social distancing rules are complied with, and as long as specific business restrictions listed in the resolution are not violated.

Guidelines and orders regarding specific business sectors included:

  • Restaurants ordered closed except to provide takeout, delivery, drive-through or curbside service.

  • Wineries and breweries shall be closed to the public except for retail sales of wine and malt beverages to be consumed off premises.

  • All establishments providing body care services requiring physical contact between provider and client may continue to operate as long as they do not violate the terms of their state licenses and maintain social distancing requirements for all patrons waiting for services and maintain high levels of sanitation.

  • All indoor recreation facilities shall be closed for business. However, these businesses may continue to operate as long as they strictly maintain all social distancing requirements for all patrons and maintain high levels of sanitation.

  • All other retail, commercial or industrial establishment s will be permitted to remain open as long as reasonable steps are taken to ensure that customers, employees and others on the premise shall generally not be within six feet of each other for longer than brief periods, and employees are not permitted work if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or reside with anyone exhibiting Symptoms.

Visitors from locations currently under shelter-in-place orders are encouraged to abide by these local orders and avoid recreational travel to Habersham County.

Enforcement of the resolution, according to the final clause of the document, will be limited to “information delivery and education of individuals regarding the imminent threat to public health.”


Full Habersham County State of Emergency Resolution text


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