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Conyers City Council Orders Shelter in Place, Closure of Non-Essential Businesses and Prohibits Gatherings

Post Date:03/25/2020 12:27 PM

The Conyers Mayor and City Council met in an emergency meeting on Wednesday, March 25 and passed an ordinance ordering an emergency shelter in place among residents, which outlines specifics on what it means to shelter in place, closing non-essential businesses and prohibiting public gatherings in the city limits of Conyers. This ordinance builds upon the Council’s previous declaration of a state of emergency and passage of an ordinance restricting restaurants to curbside, delivery or take-out only, sale of beer and wine for restaurants offering take-out consumption off-premises, and closure of entertainment establishments.

The city’s shelter in place order and new restrictions call for the following to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • All residents in the city limits are ordered to stay at their place of residence. Residents may leave their residences only for essential activities, essential government functions or to operate essential businesses.
  • Essential activities include obtaining medical supplies or medication; visiting a health care professional or obtaining supplies needed to work from home; obtaining necessary supplies, such as groceries, and/or delivering to others; engaging in outdoor activities while maintaining social distancing requirements; performing work at an essential business; or to care for family members or pets in another household.
  • Essential businesses include healthcare, infrastructure, grocery stores, gas stations, automotive repair and supply, hardware stores, banks, restaurants (delivery or curbside only), and childcare facilities. For a full list, visit
  • Essential businesses remaining open must post signage on entrance doors advising customers to maintain at least six (6) feet of personal distance between themselves and others.

The restrictions enacted in the ordinance will take effect beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020 and end at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, unless extended by the Conyers City Council. 

“The shelter in place order was enacted after a considerable amount of thought, reflection and review of a great deal of information provided by local, state and federal health officials,” said Mayor Vince Evans. “This ordinance is necessary to help flatten the curve and reduce the potential for overwhelming our local healthcare resources, and always top of mind is to protect the health and welfare of our citizens.”

Since the passage of the shelter in place ordinance, the city has learned Rockdale County Government is expected to pass a similar ordinance regarding a shelter in place order for county residents.

For more information, visit or follow the city’s social media accounts.

Download Ordinance No. 1207 (Shelter in Place, Closure of Non-Essential Businesses, Prohibiting Public Gatherings)

Download an Excel spreadsheet of Conyers businesses deemed Essential vs. Non-Essential (highlighted in yellow)


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