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State of Emergency Declaration in Cobb County FAQs

Where can I read the Declaration?
What exactly does "Shelter in Place" mean?

The Centers for Disease Control has a definition of "Shelter in Place" here:

https://emergency.cdc.gov/shelterinplace.asp

That definition is rather broad, in this emergency it can be simply summarized by saying; "stay at home."

Can I go to work or the grocery store? Can I go outside? Walk my dog? Go for a run?

The shelter-in-place order means everyone should remain in their homes except when traveling to locations outlined in the Declaration.  People can travel to work, or the grocery store, or to a business as long as those locations comply with the Declaration's requirement of limiting groups of people to ten or fewer or can comply with the six-feet “social distancing” spacing as advised by the CDC.

Although a strict "shelter in place" means staying indoors, in this case going outside for a walk, yard work, or simply to get exercise is not a problem as long as you maintain the six-foot "social distancing" guidelines issued by public health officials. 

Is Cobb County under a curfew?

No.

If I am heading to work or operating an “essential” business, do I need some sort of pass or permission letter?

Not at this time.  

I run a “non-essential” business. Can I stay open?

The Declaration allows businesses NOT on the “essential” list to operate from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Any business that opens must;

  • Send any person home that exhibits any symptoms of COVID-19;
  • Allow as many employees as possible to work remotely;
  • Must take the necessary steps to restrict in-person contact and maintain a 6-foot “social distancing” buffer between individuals.
Can daycares operate?

Under this Declaration, daycares - except those specifically outlined in the “essential business” category - must abide by the hours and each location complies with the Declaration’s requirement of limiting groups of people to ten or fewer with a six-feet “social distancing” spacing in order to continue to operate.

Are parks open? Can I walk on trails in the county?

All Cobb County parks facilities are closed to the public. This includes the portion of the Silver Comet Trail through Cobb County. Other trails and the Kennesaw National Battlefield Park have also been closed. They were closed several days ago after we received multiple calls of large groups gathering at some of the parks and others playing organized sports.

Can restaurants stay open?

There can be no dine-in service at any restaurant, brewery, or bar.  They can offer take-out or delivery services, and those with an alcohol permit can sell unopened beverages during their normal operating hours.  They must take measures to ensure there are no alcohol sales to underage customers.

Can I travel? Take a ride-share? Taxi? CobbLinc?

I work for an Essential Business. Will I be allowed to travel to and from work?

Law enforcement will not be stopping drivers on their way to and from work, traveling for an essential activity such as going to the grocery store, or just taking a walk.

Is CobbLinc still operating?

CobbLinc buses are still running, but with modifications both to routes and seating inside the buses.  See CobbLinc.org for the latest.

Will public transportation, ride-sharing, and taxis continue?

Public transportation, ride-sharing, and taxis should only be used for essential travel.

Will roads in Cobb County be closed?

No, the roads will remain open. You should only travel if it is to provide or secure essential services.

Can I leave my home to do laundry?

Yes. Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers are considered essential businesses and we encourage social distancing.

My business has suffered. How can I get help?

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click for more info from SBA. 

What are the benefits and implications of declaring a state of emergency?
  • The declaration empowers the Cobb Emergency Management Agency to act on behalf of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners to employ the resources and assets of state, local and private agencies to provide immediate assistance to local communities. 
  • The emergency declaration does not guarantee funding, but helps the county pursue requesting assistance from the state and federal government.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 
  • The County Manager is hereby authorized to suspend any law, code provision or regulation prescribing the procedures for the conduct of county business, or the orders, rules or regulations of any county agency, if strict compliance with any ordinance, resolution, order, rule or regulation would in any way prevent, hinder or delay necessary action in coping with the emergency or disaster, provided that such suspension shall provide for the minimum deviation from the requirements under the circumstances and further provided that, when practicable, specialists shall be assigned to avoid adverse effects resulting from such suspension.
  • All official meetings of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners for the next 30 days are hereby canceled.
What does that mean for Cobb County services?
  • Cobb County Government has been under limited operations status since March 18, 2020. All online services are accessible online.
  • All publicly-accessible buildings have been closed to the public until further notice. Only essential employees are currently at work to ensure the continued delivery of services such as water system, road services and CobbLinc. All Public Safety positions are fully staffed as your safety is a priority.
I have not been able to work. Will I lose my water service or get evicted?
  • Cobb County Water System has issued a moratorium on termination of water service.
  • The Cobb Judicial Circuit has ordered a delay in dispossessory hearings/evictions. Please contact the court system for further information. Cobb County Board of Commissioners does not have jurisdiction over judicial proceedings.
What about special events?

All permits for special events, including park facility rentals are canceled for the next 30 days. All fees will be refunded.

What if a business is violating the Declaration?

Go to www.gov.georgia.gov click on “Contact Us” and then click on “Constituent Services” which will take you to a form to fill out.

Please include the following information in their report:

  1. Business Name
  2. Address
  3. County
  4. Telephone Number
  5. Specific details for the complaint
I believe a service is essential, but it is not included. What do I do?

The Declaration was issued to protect the health, safety and well-being of Cobb County residents and to reduce the dramatic spread of COVID-19 during the coming weeks. We know that this is a terribly difficult time for all of us and we are asking everyone to comply so that we can move through this outbreak more quickly and less severely than if we went about our normal routines.

Still have questions?

Residents with Cobb County operations-related questions can call the Emergency Operations Center at 770-590-5790. The hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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