What does the city’s executive order under the Declaration of Emergency mean?
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
(Updated April 4, 2020)
What does “shelter in place” mean? Can I go to work or the grocery store? Can I go outside? Walk my dog? Go for a run?
All residents and visitors of Georgia are required to shelter in place in their residences from 6 p.m. Friday, April 3, to 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 13, 2020. “Shelter in place” means remaining in their residences and taking every precaution to limit social interaction to prevent the spread or infection of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
A resident or visitor of Georgia is not required to shelter in place if they are:
- Engaging in Essential Services
- Working in Critical Infrastructure
- Engaging in Minimum Basic Operations
- Performing Necessary Travel
Essential Services means obtaining necessary supplies and services for your household, engaging in activities essential for the health and safety of your household, and engaging in outdoor exercise activities so long as you maintain at least 6 feet between people who do not live in your household.
You can go to the grocery store, medical appointments and the pharmacy. You can go pick up food or have food delivered to your house. You can leave your house to buy supplies to clean or maintain your house. You can go outside to exercise. You can also leave your house in an emergency.
The key takeaway is you need to stay in your house as much as possible, but state officials recognize there are circumstances when you will need to leave. Keep those circumstances rare, consolidate trips as much as possible, and use take-out, curbside pick-up and delivery services whenever possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Necessary Travel means travel required for someone to conduct or participate in Essential Services, Minimum Basic Operations or work for Critical Infrastructure.
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.
More information on Gov. Brian Kemp’s shelter-in-place orders, including the full texts of the orders and contact information for state offices should you have questions, can be found at this link: https://www.cityofpowdersprings.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=808.
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.
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 CobbLinc.org 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.
Should I wear a mask or face covering when I go out in public?
(From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
A significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity — for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing — even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.
In light of this new evidence, CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus.
CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
Cloth face coverings should:
- fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- be secured with ties or ear loops
- include multiple layers of fabric
- allow for breathing without restriction
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
How can I make a face covering?
The CDC lists several ways to create face coverings, from sew to no sew methods, at this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.
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: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19.
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 www.gov.georgia.gov 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
- Telephone Number
- Specific details for the complaint