COLLEGE PARK, Ga. — In keeping with the emergency measures set into place by the city of Atlanta, College Park residents will be ordered to stay at home for fourteen (14) days starting March 25, 2020. The updated emergency ordinance is designed to flatten the growth curve of recent infections of COVID-19 or Coronavirus.

The citywide curfew requires residents to stay home "to the maximum extent possible for the next 14 days,” from 9 p.m. until 7 a.m. daily, until the morning of April 8, 2020.

“This directive is not meant to be punitive,” states College Park Mayor Bianca Motley Broom. “It is strictly meant to allow us to manage this issue as properly as we can.”

During the two-week curfew period, the ordinance does not restrict residents from leaving their residences for essential services or activities, such as groceries, medical services, banking, laundry, transit to work, etc.

College Park city council also wants to remind citizens that individuals are still encouraged to maintain social distancing of at least six feet while in the presence of two or people.

Front exterior of College Park City Hall
College Park logo outside of City Hall

The newly-adopted ordinance expands upon the one voted on during the special meeting on Thursday, March 19, and retains the curfew for all bar/pub establishments, nightclubs, restaurants and any other businesses providing prepared foods and beverages for the public.

College Park has also closed its parks, and outdoor recreation facilities, such as the Historic College Park Municipal Golf Course, to the public.

“We definitely need to shut it down, but the difficult thing will be regulating the parks,” stated Ward II Councilman Derick Taylor. “Even when we shut those parks down, we have to trust that people will do the right thing for their families.”

The Brady and Phoenix Trails were not included in the ordinance at this time. They will be available for public use until further notice.

For more detailed information about the College Park emergency ordinance, please here for the official documentation of the ordinance.

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