If you live in the city of Atlanta and you are able to stay home, you must for the time being. The new order is called the shelter- in- place, where people must stay at their place of residence. Non- essential businesses and gatherings are now closed and/or cancelled. Essential businesses are required to work with bare minimum occupancy and all common areas require 6 feet of space between persons. The order will be enforced for the next 14 days, beginning Tuesday, March 24 and ending April 7. This order is for the city of Atlanta,but CDC is recommending all city’s follow these guidelines and to check your local county and city websites for the latest information.
What can I leave the house to do?
- walking /runing/biking/hiking/any other outdoor activity 6 feet away is allowed (6ft way from people). Some Parks and the Atlanta BeltLine remain open.
- Grocery store
- Visit a healthcare provider: dentist, urgent care, and therapist.
- Care for a relative or pet that is living in another household if you need to.
- Work if you have an essential job at an essential business.
- Use Uber, Lyft, or taxi if you need to.
- Go to the gas station.
- Car repairs
- Go to the bank or ATM.
- Restaurants (pick up only).
- Laundromat or dry cleaner.
- Daycare assuming the provider is still open.
Essential businesses that will remain open
- “Essential infrastructure”—which the order defines as public works construction, airport operations, utilities (water, sewer, gas, electrical), oil refining, roads and highways, public transportation (MARTA), taxi and rideshare operations (Uber, Lyft), solid waste collection and removal, and internet and telecom services. All of these employees are expected to maintain social distancing—staying 6 feet apart from others when possible.
- First responders, fire, police, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, and court personnel.
- All healthcare operations (including doctors and dentists)
- Grocery stores, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and farmers markets and produce stands.
- Businesses that provide food, shelter, social services, and other necessities “for the economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals”
- Media—newspapers, television, radio, magazines
- Hardware stores
- Banks and credit unions
- Gas stations, along with auto supply and auto repair services
- Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other similar essential service providers
- Post offices and those that provide shipping and mailing services (FedEx, UPS)
- Laundromats and dry cleaners
- Restaurants, but for carry-out and delivery only. (Schools can continue providing food for delivery/take-away. Nursing home and hospital cafeterias will operate as usual.)
- Businesses that ship supplies needed for working from home or other essential supplies
- Food and grocery delivery services
- Home-based care
- Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, and children
- Legal, accounting, and other professional services
- Childcare facilities
- Schools and universities are allowed to operate for distance learning and “essential functions”
What can’t I do?
- Play group sports at the park,
- Dining inside a restaurant.
- Host a party.
- Visit others socially
- Bar or club.
- Shopping at the mall or other nonessential retail shop.
- Bowling alley, arcade, movie theater, or other entertainment venue.
- Host or attend any public or private gathering