Social distancing guidelines and DNR facility closures will be enforced, Governor says

This morning, March 30, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued a joint statement with Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Williams to advise Georgian's that the guidelines regarding social distancing have risen to the level of law with the issuance of his Executive "Shelter-In-Place" Order on March 23.

“Across Georgia, there is a mandatory shelter in place order for medically fragile individuals, and gatherings of more than ten people are banned unless there is at least six feet between each person at all times. This order applies to all 159 counties," Kemp stated.

"The Department of Natural Resources will enforce the executive order limiting large gatherings with officials patrolling bodies of water and campgrounds. They are monitoring coves where people tend to congregate and, if necessary, using bullhorns to tell people to comply with the order. Officials will approach people in violation of the order and demand compliance for the well-being of our citizens and state. Local officials are also working hard to ensure compliance with local directives, which vary by city and county across our state."

According to the DNR Wildlife Resources Division, their offices are in operation, with administrative offices open, but have instituted amended policies for boat registration, licenses and other tasks. Instructions on the new policies and procedures are available on their website.

DNR camping and other group recreational facilities are closed and Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests are currently closed indefinitely, affecting shooting ranges across the state.

For updated and complete lists of closures, visit the DNR's website.


© 2020 ConnectLocal