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Fannin County officials: No more 'tourism rentals' during COVID-19 emergency

County commissioners reserve the right to enact a curfew if needed.

FANNIN COUNTY, Ga. — The Fannin County Board of Commissioners have rolled up the welcome mat for visitors while in the process of enacting a public health state of emergency and a shelter-in-place order for the county as a result of the spread of coronavirus.

The state of emergency and shelter-in-place order detailed the conditions regarding the order, including the formalization of the definition of social distancing and defining essential and non-essential businesses under the order.

In addition, as part of their move, the commissioners determined that all "tourism rentals" or rental cabins fall under the classification of non-essential businesses. As such, the board said that they all would have to immediately stop operations.

They also said that anyone who is presently in a tourism rental with a paid reservation as of March 25, would be able to complete their original reservation, but not be permitted to extend that reservation.

The county did not immediately enact a curfew, but reserved the right to do so within the body of the emergency order.

RELATED: Coronavirus in Georgia: 2,651 confirmed cases, 80 deaths as of Sunday afternoon

The board said that the Fannin County state of emergency would remain in effect through at least April 13. 

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