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Hinesville adds to closures due to COVID-19
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Hinesville local state of emergency declaration March 23

Hinesville has added daycares, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, tattoo parlors and other such places to its list of businesses closed under the city's state of emergency declaration, according to a press release issued Monday.

The additions were signed Monday by Mayor Allen Brown following a called meeting at City Hall that was closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Saturday, the city ordered the closure of bars and other businesses as a response to social distancing directives issued by the Centers for Disease Control and the Georgia Department of Public Health. 

So far, only one case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Liberty County. 

Here's the press release. 

HINESVILLE, Ga. (Mar. 23, 2020) – On Monday, March 23 at 4:45 p.m., Mayor Allen Brown signed into effect changes to the original Local State of Emergency declaration issued on Friday, March 20. The changes will begin effective at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24. Changes include: 

9. The City of Hinesville issues a recommendation to Hinesville merchants and retailers to immediately implement the following when possible: limiting the number of customers inside stores to prevent disregard for social/physical distancing recommendations; creating handwashing or hand sanitizing stations at the entrances of each store OR institute handwashing policies and procedures as customers enter stores, with a staff member to monitor and/or direct customers entering the store; enforcing/reinforcing the physical distance recommendation of at least 6 feet between familial groups/customers; and promotion of the use of self-checkout to limit interaction between staff and customers when possible or following the guidance of their corporate guidelines;

10. That businesses such as hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, tattoo parlors and other grooming facilities where social and/or physical distancing is not possible shall be closed;

11. That businesses classified as daycares, elementary, secondary and post-secondary private educational institutions where individuals gather for educational instruction shall be closed;

12. These changes shall take effect on Tuesday, March 24 at 5:00 p.m.

13. This Declaration shall expire on April 20, 2020 unless otherwise amended, extended,

or canceled by the Mayor OR until the such time as the public health emergency as issued by the Governor of Georgia expires.

Saturday, the city announced the following:

1. That the City Manager shall activate emergency operations plans implicated by this


2. As determined by the City Manager, to the extent possible, City employees should begin teleworking remotely from home;

3. That all gyms and fitness centers, movie theaters, live performance venues, bowling alleys, and arcades shall be closed; 

4. That all bars and nightclubs open for on-premise consumption of alcohol shall be closed.

5. That restaurants and other eating and drinking establishments where food is served, may continue preparing and offering food to customers via delivery service, drive-through, or takeout; provided, however, that cafeterias in hospitals, nursing homes, hospice centers, or similar facilities shall not be subject to these restrictions and may continue normal operations;

6. Funerals consisting of more than 10 mourners are encouraged to conduct graveside services only or postpone to a future date; 7. The City of Hinesville issues a recommendation to the faith community for the suspense of in-church services and the utilization of online or streaming options. If electronic delivery of services is not possible, maintaining strict adherence to CDC’s social distancing guidelines of no groups larger than 10 and keeping at least 6 feet between individuals;

8. This Declaration shall take affect 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 21, 2020; and

9. This Declaration shall expire on April

If you are experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19, please DO NOT arrive at the hospital, your provider’s office or Urgent Care offices without calling. You may also call the Georgia COVID-19 Hotline at 1.844.442.2681. If you are experiencing symptoms such as chest pains or shortness of breath, please call 911.

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