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The intent of Newton County’s Shelter in Place ordinance is to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their place 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.
The ordinance allows for people to leave their residences only for essential activities, essential governmental functions or to operate essential businesses. Travel into or out of the county to perform essential activities, essential governmental functions or essential businesses is allowed.
All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a household or living unit are prohibited except to engage in activities or perform tasks essential to health and safety, to obtain necessary services or supplies, to engage in outdoor activity as long as maintaining social distancing.
Social Distancing is defined as maintaining at least six-foot social distancing, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes, regularly cleaning high –touch surfaces and not shaking hands.
People may leave their homes for essential activities defined as:
People may leave their homes to obtain services at healthcare operations such as: hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers, home healthcare services providers, hospice providers, mental health providers, or any related and/or ancillary healthcare services. “Healthcare Operations” also includes veterinary care and all healthcare services provided to animals.
People may leave their homes to provide any services or perform any work necessary to the operations and maintenance of essential infrastructure such as: public works construction, construction and all related activities (in particular affordable housing or housing for individuals experiencing homelessness), airport operations, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and highways, public transportation, solid waste collection and removal, internet, and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services)
People may leave their homes to travel to an essential business defined as:
All first responders, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, court personnel and law enforcement personnel and others who need to perform essential services as determined by the Newton County Chairman are exempt from this order.