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Stewart Co. Commission passes
Emergency Health Ordinance

From the April 1, 2020 issue
of The Journal

    The Stewart County Commission passed an Emergency Health Resolution at a called meeting of the Commission on Thursday, March 26. The purpose of the resolution was to give law enforcement the legal tools to administer "social distancing" in gatherings.
   "Social distancing" is a term which has suddenly become a new buzz-phrase across the world. It means to keep a distance of six feet or more from others. With the advent of the COVID-19, a new mutation within a large class of coronaviruses, the world is facing the most contagious lethal virus in history. Science has had only three months to study the illness since the World Health Organization first received a report of the pandemic. The most effective scientifically accepted tool so far is social distancing.
   The Commission's Emergency Health Resolution gives the Stewart County Sheriff's Office and the Richland and Lumpkin Police Departments the authority to break up gatherings of more than 10 people where social distancing is not being observed.
   In addition, everyone who is not working should be home between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. each day. Exceptions include going or coming from a store that sells essential items, such as food, sanitary supplies, or gasoline. This restriction is called a "curfew."
   The resolution also gives guidelines on how a group, such as a church congregation, can meet. Where there are more than 10 people, the leader of the group is required to maintain social distancing among all members.
    Citizens can view the County's Health Emergency Resolution by visiting the webstire stewartcountyga.gov and then clicking on "State of Local Emergency Resolution."
    The resolution currently extends through April 13, but may well be extended soon.
   Governor Brian Kemp's executive order having to do with social distancing is similar to the county's resolution.
   For more information, contact the Stewart County Commission at info@stewartcountyga.gov or call 229-838-6769.