Fulton County Board of Health Issues Stay-at-Home Order, Announces Penalties

The Fulton County Board of Health is taking action, and ordering residents to stay at home. Violators could face fines up to $1,000 or up to 12 months in jail per offense.

According to the order, “all residents of Fulton County are commanded to stay in their place of residence.” Individuals are permitted to leave to provide essential services and engage in essential activities.

Essential activities include: tasks related to an individual or family member’s health and safety; obtaining necessary services and supplies; engaging in outdoor activity while maintaining appropriate social distancing; and caring for a person who is medically fragile.

Individuals will also be permitted to work for essential businesses or government entities.

The order was signed by S. Elizabeth Ford, M.D., Interim Director of the Fulton County Board of Health. The order goes into effect immediately.

“It is my hope that this (order) enhances our efforts to keep Fulton County residents safe, and assists in flattening the COVID-19 curve,” said Dr. Ford.

City of South Fulton officials are scheduled to meet tomorrow to discuss a stay-at-home ordinance. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at City Hall.

Photo: Dr. Sandra Elizabeth Ford, Fulton County Board of Health Interim Director, addressed the media earlier this month emphasizing prevention over panic.

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