CONYERS — The Conyers mayor and City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday ordering all city residents to shelter in place.

The decision, which was reached during an emergency meeting, also closes non-essential businesses and prohibits public gatherings in the city limits. The ordinance builds upon the council’s previous declaration of a state of emergency and passage of an ordinance restricting restaurants to curbside, delivery or take-out only, sale of beer and wine for restaurants offering take-out consumption off-premises, and closure of entertainment establishments.

The city’s shelter in place order and new restrictions call for the following to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19):

• All residents in the city limits are ordered to stay at their place of residence. Residents may leave their residences only for essential activities, essential government functions or to operate essential businesses.

• Essential activities include obtaining medical supplies or medication; visiting a health care professional or obtaining supplies needed to work from home; obtaining necessary supplies, such as groceries, and/or delivering to others; engaging in outdoor activities while maintaining social distancing requirements; performing work at an essential business; or to care for family members or pets in another household.

• Essential businesses include health care, infrastructure, grocery stores, gas stations, automotive repair and supply, hardware stores, banks, restaurants (delivery or curbside only), and child care facilities. For a full list, visit conyersga.com.

• Essential businesses remaining open must post signage on entrance doors advising customers to maintain at least 6 feet of personal distance between themselves and others.

The restrictions enacted in the ordinance will end at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, unless extended by the Conyers City Council.

“The shelter in place order was enacted after a considerable amount of thought, reflection and review of a great deal of information provided by local, state and federal health officials,” said Mayor Vince Evans. “This ordinance is necessary to help flatten the curve and reduce the potential for overwhelming our local health care resources, and always top of mind is to protect the health and welfare of our citizens.”

For more information, visit conyersga.com or follow the city’s social media accounts.

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Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.

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