Brookhaven, Decatur Latest Metro Atlanta Cities To Order ‘Stay at Home,’ Businesses To Close

Brookhaven’s mandate is the longest, extending through April 15, and includes a daily curfew between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
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Brookhaven and Decatur are the latest metro-area Cities asking its citizens to stay at home and for nonessential businesses to temporarily close in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Both orders, announced late-Tuesday, are now in effect and arrive on the heels of City of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issuing a similar Mandate.

Bottoms made her move after Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued watered-down measures only requiring the “medically fragile” to shelter in place.

“The intent of the Order is to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible while enabling essential services to continue, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible,” according to a City of Decatur press release Wednesday.

As with other orders surfacing around Georgia and the country, citizens are only allowed to leave their homes for “essential activities, essential government functions, or to operate essential businesses.”

Gatherings of any size are also prohibited under the order.

In keeping with guidance from Atlanta, Decatur’s order is in effect until April 7 with the potential for extension.

Brookhaven’s measures are nearly the same but its City Council is extending the order through April 15 and includes a daily curfew between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Click here to read Decatur’s stay-at-home order in its entirety or here for Brookhaven’s.


[Editor’s note: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is rapidly evolving as is its effect on Atlanta, and the City’s businesses and its residents. Click here for What Now Atlanta’s ongoing coverage of the crisis. For guidance and updates on the pandemic, please visit the C.D.C. website.]

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Media Group, Inc., the publisher of What Now Atlanta and What Now Los Angeles.
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