LEESBURG, Ga. (WALB) - Both Leesburg and Lee County governing bodies have issued executive orders in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Lee County Board of Commissioners issued an executive order effective at 3 p.m. Friday for 14 days.
Businesses can remain open but are encouraged to practice social distancing and have no more than 10 people at a time.
Public meetings of 10 people or more are prohibited. This includes church and worship services, which churches can do remote services.
This does not include office spaces, schools, residential buildings, hospitals, medical facilities, grocery stores, shopping centers and malls.
Gyms and fitness centers will be closed for 14 days. The only exception is where 10 people or less have previously scheduled appointments.
Bowling alleys, movie theaters and other recreational facilities are closed.
Restaurants will remain open but, commissioners are urging restaurants to maintain social distancing and use curbside service, drive-thrus and delivery.
Executive Order from the Lee County Board of Commissioners:
Leesburg Mayor Richard Bush and the Leesburg City Council declared a state of public health emergency because of the increased risk of complications from COVID-19.
City officials said they plan to take all reasonably necessary action to comply with recommendations from federal and state officials regarding limitations of meetings where groups of people may congregate and spread the virus from person to person.
The executive order for the city went into effect Tuesday night and will continue for 14 days, unless revoked, amended, continued or renewed by further executive order.
Officials said the order is very similar to the one approved by the Lee County Board of Commissioners.