Macon-Bibb mayor reacts to statewide shelter-in-place order

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — A shelter-in-place order issued by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp went into effect on Friday.

Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert held a news conference in support of the governor’s state-wide mandate.

“[We need to] modify our behavior, to practice social distancing, and to take certain common sense precautions,” said Mayor Reichert.

As of 6 p.m. Friday, Governor Brian Kemp’s order mandates that county officials cannot put any additional orders in place.

The governor’s order requires all residents to continue practicing social distancing and disinfecting.

It also prohibits gatherings of 10 or more people in a single location. People must sit or stand at least 6 feet away from each other, including churches and funeral services.

It also requires all residents and visitors to Georgia to stay home except under the following conditions:

Doing essential services or preforming necessary travel like going to the grocery store, pharmacy or laundromat.

Engaging in minimum basic operations for businesses that are not classified as critical infrastructure. Critical infrastructure includes government operations, manufacturing and retail.

As a reminder, entertainment venues, beauty service businesses, schools and indoor dining services are all closed.

Governor Kemp’s order remains in effect until Monday, April 13.

Click here to read the order in its entirety.

Click here to see how the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office says it will enforce the order.