Seminole County declares state of emergency against COVID-19


SEMINOLE COUNTY, Ga. (WDHN) — Seminole County is now under a state of emergency until April 13 at 11:59 p.m., according to an order by the Board of Commissioners.

All enclosed gatherings of 10 or more people in the county and Iron City are banned. This does not include

  • Government operations
  • Residential buildings
  • Temporary shelters
  • Child-care or adult-care facilities
  • Grocery stores or pharmacies
  • Medical facilities
  • Educational institutions that instruct people on how to deal with COVID-19 through medical, engineering or other efforts
  • Essential businesses related to agriculture, livestock, and fishing
  • Retailers and industrial establishments governed by Section 4 and 5 of the order (which we’ve attached below)
  • Performing work if you or someone you live with does not have COVID-19 symptoms.

A curfew has also been put in place from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. that will require citizens to stay inside unless they are emergency service workers; first responders; essential government personnel; members of law enforcement; “directed healthcare or rescue services by an appropriate agency of Seminole County, local municipalities, state or federal governments;” or essential utility workers; and military personnel.

Regular residents that are required to work are also exempt from the curfew.

All public parks and public facilities will be closed to the public except for Reynolds Landing Park, Sealy’s Landing Park, and Saunders Slough Boat Ramp.

Both the county and Iron City have canceled all special event permits and will not issue any more during the state of emergency. Those who had permits will be given a refund.

Violating provisions in the state of emergency may result in a maximum fine of $1,000, 60-day imprisonment, or both. Every day that a business operates in violation of this order will be counted as a separate charge.

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