Mayor Hardie Davis, (Augusta Ga. Mayor) has ordered the shutdown of businesses, salons,bars, clubs and other indoor recreation beginning tonight at midnight until April 4th unless changed by the himself or the Augusta Commission.
Mayor Davis said that testing has increased locally and the number of cases will continue to rise as the test results are made available. He says while the new order will be tough for businesses and citizens alike, we as community have to work together to stop the rapid spread of the virus.
The shut down order includes all public restaurants except for take-out and drive-thru services. It includes bars and clubs, but allows for to-go drinks in enclosed containers. It also includes gymnasiums, other indoor recreational facilities and body care salons of all types.
The Mayor says this order follows the CDC's latest guidance that people should not gather in groups of 10 or more with exceptions like grocery stores, pharmacies, and medical facilities. Mayor Hardie Davis says this is the next step in an ongoing effort by the City of Augusta to “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus.
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