Gwinnett County Government is monitoring developments in the spread of the coronavirus outbreak and how it may affect our residents, employees, and our delivery of important County services.
Masks required in County facilities
In the face of a surging number of cases of COVID-19, Gwinnett County is requiring face masks or face coverings for all visitors and employees while inside County buildings and facilities.
Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Nicole Hendrickson signed the executive order, which cites face mask recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce the spread of the disease, and that the Supreme Court has ruled a community has the right to protect its citizens from epidemics. The order allows exceptions for bona fide medical or religious reasons and for people who cannot don or remove masks by themselves.
The order requires a face mask covering the mouth and nose inside County facilities. People who do not comply may be denied entry or may be asked to leave.
Safety measures encouraging social distancing are in place in County facilities, and temperature screenings are being conducted upon entry to the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center and the Courts Annex. If you must visit a County facility, please check that the facility is open during normal hours. Visitors are urged to practice social distancing and personal protective measures, like avoiding contact with people who are sick, practicing coughing and sneezing etiquette, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and washing your hands thoroughly and regularly.
Gwinnett County also offers a variety of online services that offer residents an alternative to coming into a County facility.
Public Health State of Emergency extended through
On Friday, February 26, Governor Kemp extended the Public Health State of Emergency through April 6, 2021. The Public Health State of Emergency allows for enhanced coordination across government and the private sector for supply procurement, comprehensive testing and healthcare capacity.
In addition, Governor Kemp issued additional guidance on empowering a healthy Georgia on February 26. Read the latest executive order (02.26.21.02).
Georgians are still urged to practice social distancing and refrain from gathering. All residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings as practicable when outside their homes, except when eating, drinking, or exercising outdoors. Residents and visitors should also practice sanitation in accordance with CDC guidelines.
The new order extends the limit on public gatherings through March 15. Public gatherings are limited to no more than 50 people in a single location, unless attendees maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and others.
Residents and visitors who meet criteria for being at higher risk of severe illness must continue to shelter in place through March 15. These criteria include those living in a nursing home or long-term care facility, those who are immunocompromised, and those with chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, severe heart disease, class III or severe obesity, or one of the following underlying medical conditions: diabetes, liver disease, or chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis.
The state has provided guidance to help businesses, like restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theaters, food establishments, and more understand restrictions and requirements for operating during this time.
The Governor’s Office and the Georgia Department of Health are partnering to promote simple but critical measures that will keep Georgians safe from COVID-19. Wear a face covering, wash your hands, regularly sanitize surfaces, and stay six feet away from others. For more information about how to protect yourself from COVID-19 and what to do if you are sick, please visit Coronavirus.gov.
Listen to Gwinnett Moms
We’re not too proud to admit it – our moms were right about handwashing, staying away from strangers, and so much more. And guess what? They’re still right – their advice has never been more relevant than in this moment of COVID-19. So, instead of yet another public official telling you to stay safe, Gwinnett County has turned to a source we all trust: Gwinnett moms. Learn more about the campaign here.