Metro Atlanta City Places Curfew Over Coronavirus

All businesses must comply with FEMA guidelines and close doors at 9PM

March 21, 2020
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TUCKER, Ga. (March 20, 2020) – On Friday, Tucker Mayor Frank Auman outlined a series of new measures aimed at proactively stemming the spread of the coronavirus.

Those measures include:

  • A curfew imposed between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • All businesses must comply with FEMA guidelines
  • An order that any public gatherings within the City of Tucker meet with federal guidelines in terms of group size and social distancing

 

 

“Our general approach has been to allow as much freedom as possible to our people and businesses to continue normal activities as long as they could and would comply with guidance from our state and federal public health authorities,” Auman said. “The public response here in Tucker has been astounding and gratifying. Businesses have voluntarily closed or severely modified their practices [and> the public has been more cooperative than we could have hoped for.

“Now, despite all the voluntary compliance, I have reached the conclusion that we have run out of the logic that allows us to proceed on that basis alone, and that we must enforce certain restrictions to protect the public.”

Auman said he is not aware of any confirmed coronavirus cases in Tucker, which previously declared a state of emergency over the virus.

The DeKalb County city of 36,000 is at least the second city in metro Atlanta to enact a curfew on its residents. The city of South Fulton approved a curfew Tuesday night barring anyone from leaving their homes between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m., unless for work or medical purposes. College Park issued a business curfew, ordering hotels, airport terminals, grocery stores and gas stations/convenience stores to close by 10 p.m. not re-opening before 7 a.m.

Tucker also ordered businesses and residents to comply with federal guidelines in terms of group size and social distancing. The Centers for Disease Control has urged people to avoid large group gatherings.

Several cities in metro Atlanta have placed restrictions on in-person dining at restaurants and bars. Local officials have also called on Gov. Brian Kemp to impose statewide rules that provide broad guidance to businesses.

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