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The Newton County Board of Commissioners and Covington City Council passed joint resolutions Wednesday, March 23, issuing a shelter at home ordinance for residents of the Unincorporated Newton County and the City of Covington to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The ordinance was updated to include churches, funeral homes and gun and ammunition shops on April 1.
The ordinance, which was unanimously approved by the Board of Commissioners during an Emergency Meeting goes effect at 11:59 p.m. March 25. The ordinance will end at 11:59 p.m. on April 7, 2020 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the Chairman and Board.
“This is a serious time we are dealing with,” Chairman Marcello Banes said “I believe not many of us has seen this type of activity before and this type of outcry. I believe we do have to take the necessary steps to make sure our citizens not only feel safe but are safe and believe we have done that with this resolution.”
A full draft of the ordinance can be found on the County’s website.
The ordinance allows only essential travel, which is defined as to care for another person, for a health care need, to obtain or deliver necessary services or supplies, to engage in outdoor activity, to work at an essential business, to perform minimum basic operations at a business closed to the public or to travel at an essential business.
For the purposes of this Order, “Essential Businesses” means:
All other businesses are considered non-essential and shall remain closed to the public and shall remain open only for minimum basic operations
For the purposes of the order “minimum basic operations” means: