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Posted on: March 31, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Frequently Asked Questions on the City's Declaration of Emergency

Two members of the Powder Springs sanitation department staff pose in front of a truck full of bags

What does the city’s executive order under the Declaration of Emergency mean?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What does “shelter in place” mean?

The Centers for Disease Control has a definition of “Shelter in Place” here: That definition is rather broad, in this emergency it can be simply summarized by saying: ”stay at home.”

Can I go to work or the grocery store? Can I go outside? Walk my dog? Go for a run?

The shelter-in-place order means everyone should remain in their homes except when traveling to locations outlined in the Declaration. People can travel to work, or the grocery store, or to a business as long as those locations comply with the Declaration’s requirement of limiting groups of people to 10 or fewer or can comply with the 6-foot “social distancing" spacing as advised by the CDC.

Although a strict “shelter in place” means staying indoors, in this case going outside for a walk, yard work, or simply to get exercise is not a problem as long as you maintain the 6-foot "social distancing" guidelines issued by public health officials. 

If I am heading to work or operating an “essential” business, do I need some sort of pass or permission letter?

Not at this time.

I run a “non-essential” business. Can I stay open?

The Declaration allows businesses NOT on the “essential” list to operate from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Any business that opens must:

  • Send any person home that exhibits any symptoms of COVID-19;
  • Allow as many employees as possible to work remotely;
  • Must take the necessary steps to restrict in-person contact and maintain a 6-foot “social distancing” buffer between individuals.

Are parks open? Can I walk on trails in the county?

All City of Powder Springs AND Cobb County parks facilities are closed to the public. This includes the portion of the Silver Comet Trail through both the city and other portions of Cobb County.

Can restaurants stay open?

There can be no dine-in service at any restaurant. They can offer take-out or delivery services, and those with an alcohol permit can sell unopened beverages during their normal operating hours. They must take measures to ensure there are no alcohol sales to underage customers.

Can I travel? Take a ride-share? Taxi? CobbLinc?

  • I work for an essential business. Will I be allowed to travel to and from work?
    • Law enforcement will not be stopping drivers on their way to and from work, traveling for an essential activity such as going to the grocery store, or just taking a walk.
  • Is CobbLinc still operating?
    • CobbLinc buses are still running, but with modifications both to routes and seating inside the buses.  See for the latest.
  • Will public transportation, ride-sharing, and taxis continue?
    • Public transportation, ride-sharing, and taxis should only be used for essential travel.
  • Will roads in the city be closed?
    • No, the roads will remain open. You should only travel if it is to provide or secure essential services.
  • Can I leave my home to do laundry?
    • Yes. Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers are considered essential businesses. Social distancing within those businesses is encouraged.

My business has suffered. How can I get help?

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). More info from SBA can be found at this link:

What does this mean for City of Powder Springs services?

Powder Springs has been under “limited closure” status since March 17, 2020. While public access to city facilities is closed, limited services will continue, including public safety. 

Sanitation services will continue as usual. To protect employees to the greatest extent possible, brush pick up was temporarily suspended. On March 30, it was partially resumed and will follow a partial schedule for the next few weeks. The intent is for it to be fully operational by April 20 but this may change.   

Other city services will continue but may be delayed because we are operating with fewer employees at this time.

What if a business is violating the Declaration?

Go to click on “Contact Us” and then click on “Constituent Services” which will take you to a form to fill out.

Please include the following information in their report:

  • Business Name
  • Address
  • County
  • Telephone Number
  • Specific details for the complaint

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