Paulding, Hiram: Coronavirus Emergency But No Shelter In Place

Jim Massara

This article originally appeared on the Dallas-Hiram Patch

PAULDING COUNTY — Both Paulding County and the City of Hiram declared coronavirus states of emergency Thursday, limiting restaurants and much else but stopping short of issuing shelter-in-place orders. Both last until April 6, and the Hiram ordinance says it will follow Paulding’s lead if it mandates shelter-in-place.

Restrictions in both declarations include.

  • Restaurants already licensed to serve beer or wine can sell unopened containers for consumption off premises. All patrons and employees must stay at least 6 feet apart.
  • Businesses requiring “close proximity” like gyms, social clubs, theaters and nail salons are closed.
  • All parks are closed.
  • No utilities will be disconnected for non-payment.
  • Anyone showing symptoms should stay away from public places and seek medical help.

The Hiram declaration specifically prohibits restaurants from offering dine-in and gatherings of more than 10 people. The Paulding declaration doesn’t specify 10-person gatherings but does require businesses that can’t maintain 6 feet between occupants to limit occupancy to 10 people.

The complete Paulding County ordinance is posted here. The complete City of Hiram ordinance is posted here.

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