TIFTON, Ga. (WTXL) — The city of Tifton has issued a shelter-in-place order and night curfew in response to rising coronavirus cases across the state.
The shelter-in-place order will go into effect on Tuesday at 8 a.m. and will continue until 11:59 p.m. on April 7.
According to city officials, the shelter-in-place order directs residents to stay home unless they are taking part in "essential activities." Essential activities are defined as grocery shopping, working, caring for others, and healthcare, among others.
As part of the order, non-essential activities have been temporarily suspended. The order does not apply to essential businesses or workers traveling to and from their place of employment.
"Citizens are advised to travel only for essential business operations, to travel to and from work and to secure essential goods and services and other exceptions found in the ordinance," city officials said.
A public curfew is also being imposed starting Monday night. The curfew will start at 8 p.m. daily and run until 5 a.m. the next morning.
The curfew does not apply to essential businesses or workers traveling to and from work.
Grocery stores will remain open but they are not to exceed more than 50 percent occupancy at any given time and shoppers are required to practice social distancing. However, parks and playgrounds in the city are closed until further notice.
To report a potential violation of the order, you are urged to call 229-391-3937.
Additionally, the city is not disconnecting water services and encourages anyone having trouble paying their bill to contact the City of Tifton Customer Service Department at 229-391-3957.
You can read the full order below: