Dear Friends and Neighbors,
As restrictions for going to work and moving about society have lessened with the expiration of various executive orders from the Governor’s Office, we must remember that this does not mean the pandemic is no longer a concern. We still need to be careful and limit our exposure to others if we are able. It is our responsibility–all of us–to ensure safety practices are in place, so that we may move forward into the next phase on our path to recovery and normalcy.
As of May 18th, the following restrictions have been ordered by Governor Kemp:
1. The elderly and medically fragile are still required to shelter in place through June 12.
2. While certain businesses are allowed to resume limited operations (note, LIMITED), they may ONLY open if they meet specific, mandatory social distancing and sanitation rules to keep customers and employees safe, including the use of masks and appropriate distancing. ALL businesses, even those deemed "essential" in previous orders, must follow these requirements. Bars, night clubs, amusement parks, live performances venues and public pools remain closed at this time.
3. All Georgians are to continue to maintain social distancing, limit their travel and use best practices. Gatherings of more than 10 people will not be allowed unless it is possible to maintain 6 feet of distance.
The Governor’s Office has provided guidance on what we each should be doing in this new phase, whether a business, citizen, employee, etc. Please take the time to peruse those documents relevant to you at norcrossga.net/COVID19. If you have any questions or concerns, the Governor’s Office is available at gov.georgia.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-656-1776.
I am thrilled to see so many businesses in Norcross able to reopen, and take this all as an encouraging sign that brighter times are on the horizon. However, let’s not get ahead of ourselves and set things back by not staying vigilant. If it is possible to work from home, please work from home. If you have to go out, I urge you to take precautions. If you are reopening your business, do so under the government-mandated restrictions.
We are a community, and to get through this we must work together–mayor, council, citizens, staff and businesses. It is on all of us to ensure Norcross continues to be a safe, welcoming place to live, work and play–"a place to imagine."
Craig Newton, Mayor