TIFTON — The Tift County Board of Commissioners established a curfew Tuesday morning. 

The 8 p.m. curfew runs until 5 a.m. the next day.

There are a number of exemptions made for people in “essential services”: Firefighting; law enforcement; medical and hospital services; military; utility repairs; people seeking medical or hospital services; people traveling to or from jobs; people delivering food, medicine, medical supplies and fuel; news media; people driving through Tift County; and essential government services.

The order also prohibits public or private gatherings of more than 10 people and closes gyms, fitness centers, indoor entertainment/recreational facilities, beauty and body care businesses such as salons, barber shops and tattoo parlors.

All bars and nightclubs are also closed, in compliance with Governor Brian Kemp’s executive order.

Restaurants can continue with take out and delivery services, but must suspend dining rooms and on-premise eating.

The board joined Governor Brian Kemp Tuesday in approving a “voluntary stay safe at home policy” for the county.

The mandatory state at home applies to people in nursing homes and long term care facilities; people with chronic lung disease; and people undergoing cancer treatments.

The emergency order requests “that individuals not loiter, wander or play in any public space,” though there are a number of exceptions: getting food, medicine or seeking medical care; running an emergency errand; driving to or from work; walking or running for fitness; or driving through the county.

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