As you have likely heard, Mayor Bottoms has issued an Executive Order ordering people within the territorial limits of Atlanta to stay in their place of residence and encouraging those sharing residential spaces to maintain social distancing of at least six feet. The Order requires Atlantans to remain in their homes throughout the day. Individuals may leave their place of residence only for essential activities, essential governmental functions or to operate essential businesses.
The full text of the Order is available here. The City has set up an email address to answer any specific questions relating to the Stay Home Order. You can send any questions or concerns to StayAtHome@AtlantaGa.gov, and a member of the Mayor's team will respond.
The following is a summary of permitted reasons to leave home during the "Stay at Home Order":
To conduct "Essential Activities," which include:
- Health and safety activities, such as going to the doctor or getting medical supplies
- Grocery shopping
- Outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements
- Working for an Essential Business
- Caring for a family member or pet in another household.
For any "Healthcare Operations," which include:
Going to doctor, dentist, or other healthcare facilities, including veterinary care
For working in the area of "Essential Infrastructure," which includes:
provided that they carry out those services or that work in compliance with Social Distancing Requirements as defined herein, to the extent possible.
- Public works
- airport operations
- utility, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining
- roads and highways, railroads, public transportation, taxi/rideshare
- solid waste collection and removal
- internet, and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing service, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services),
All first responders, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, court personnel, and law enforcement personnel, and others working for or to support Essential Businesses are categorically exempt from this Order.
To perform "Essential Government Functions," which include:
All services needed to ensure the continuing operation of the government agencies and provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public. All Essential Government.al Functions shall be performed in compliance with Social Distancing Requirements as defined this Section, to the extent possible.
The following are deemed "Essential Businesses" that may remain open during the Order:
l. Healthcare Operations and Essential Infrastructure;
2. Grocery stores, farmers' markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products). This includes stores that sell groceries and also sell other non grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences;
3. Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing;
4. Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals;
5. Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services;
6. Gas stations and auto-supply, auto repair, and related facilities;
7. Banks and related financial institutions;
8. Hardware stores: lodging businesses (e.g., hotels, motels, conference centers);
9. Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses;
10. Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes;
11. Educational institutions-including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities-for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions, provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible;
12. Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers;
13. Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery or carry out. Schools and other entities that typically provide food services to students or members of the public may continue to do so under this Order on the condition that the food is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up and takeaway basis only. Schools and other entities that provide food services under this exemption shall not permit the food to be eaten at the site where it is provided, or at any other gathering site. Cafeterias in hospitals, nursing homes, or similar facilities shall not be subject to the restrictions contained in this order.
14. Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home;
15. Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate;
16. Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residences;
17. Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children;
18. Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, and children;
19. Professional services, such as legal or accounting services:
20. Childcare facilities; and
21. Utility, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and highways, railroads, public transportation, taxi/rideshare, solid waste collection and removal, internet, and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, m1d web•based services).