TIFTON — The City of Tifton and Tift County Board of Commissioners issued press releases on Mar. 20 detailing increased measures to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

City of Tifton officials made a statement via Facebook Live at approximately 4 p.m.

The city is asking that all residents be in their home by 9 p.m.

Mayor Julie Smith said that the city is not instituting a curfew.

“This is not a curfew, this is a request,” Smith said. She said that going out to pick up food or medicine was understandable but reiterated the request for residents to be in their homes by 9 p.m.

Smith also said that businesses where groups of people gather are being asked to close for at least the next two weeks. She specifically listed bowling alleys, theaters, music venues, nail salons, spas and gyms.

“If we’ve learned anything from our state and local government is that the way to stop this disease is to stop people from interacting with each other,” she said.

Fire Chief Bobby Bennett and Chief of Police Steve Hyman both said their departments are continuing to do their jobs is as safe a manner as possible.

City Manager Pete Pyrzenski said that utilities are not being shut down and that services are going to be provided

“If you can be at home, please be at home,” Smith said. “We will be working with you in every way possible. We are in contact with the governor’s office. We are in contact with the CDC. I know that our federal government is working to provide some relief as far as businesses with concern to taxes and payroll and those types of things. As we can get that information out to you we will. Most importantly right now, stay at home.”

A press release from County Clerk Miriam Jordan states that all county facilities are temporarily closed to the public starting Monday, Mar. 23.

“Tift County Government will restrict access to county buildings and facilities except to those who have made an appointment,” the release states. “Tift County will continue to provide services. Residents needing to conduct business with a county department should contact that department by phone or email.”

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