Kemp, Williams: Georgia DNR will enforce social distancing at parks, lakes

Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp and Mark Williams from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources issued a joint statement Sunday notifying the public that the Georgia DNR will enforce the executive order of no more than 10 people in a gathering and to maintain at least six feet between each person at all times. This comes on the heels of Monroe Mayor John Howard issuing a statement that this rule will be enforced in the Monroe city limits after some people continued to ignore the social distancing executive order and local ordinances and were seen engaging in large block parties.

The full joint statement from the Governor’s Ofice follows.

Atlanta, GA

“Across Georgia, there is a mandatory shelter in place order for medically fragile individuals, and gatherings of more than ten people are banned unless there is at least six feet between each person at all times. This order applies to all 159 counties.

“Fortunately, many Georgians are heeding these directives and following the advice of public health officials to stay safe and healthy. However, as we deal with the effects of coronavirus with school and business closures, people are eager for a change in scenery after days at home. They are traveling to nearby counties, heading outdoors for fresh air, and maximizing family time. Some are going to vacation homes, and others are hitting the lake, hiking trails, or campgrounds. We, too, enjoy exploring Georgia, but we urge people to stay mindful of social distancing, follow best practices, and avoid large crowds.

“The Department of Natural Resources will enforce the executive order limiting large gatherings with officials patrolling bodies of water and campgrounds. They are monitoring coves where people tend to congregate and, if necessary, using bullhorns to tell people to comply with the order. Officials will approach people in violation of the order and demand compliance for the well-being of our citizens and state. Local officials are also working hard to ensure compliance with local directives, which vary by city and county across our state.

“Please stay safe, enjoy your time outdoors, and follow our directives to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Together, we can flatten the curve and stop the spread of coronavirus.”


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