Pandemic restrictions in Georgia and elsewhere


Recreational parks and related activities are temporarily closed, as shown above, worldwide. Photo Credit: Salt Lake Tribune

Chloe Scott

It can be safely said that everyone has felt the effects of the coronavirus, if not directly then indirectly. There are many conspiracy theories as to where it originated and how and why the coronavirus has spread, though everyone can agree on the unfortunate devastation that the virus has caused worldwide. Over 25,000 Americans have passed from the virus to date and over 125,000 worldwide. Families lose loved ones everyday, while doctors search frantically for a vaccine. The assumption is that death toll numbers will get worse before they get better, so let’s take a look at what steps the world is taking to prevent further casualties. 

Georgia Governor Brain Kemp signed a stay-at-home order on March 2, 2020 that requires all Georgians to stay at home unless they must break quarantine for essential tasks such as going to and from work. In Fulton County, cops are posted at stop signs and intersections specifically for Fulton’s 9 p.m. curfew. All schools, K-12, have been closed for the remainder of the school year and students are now required to finish their courses digitally. However, the honor system that this order is founded upon is constantly broken by some Georgians, hence why quarantine has lasted longer than April 13, which is the original date that the order was supposed to end had the rules been closely followed. However, it can be argued that Fulton’s restrictions are far more lenient than the rest of the United States. 

Practically all of the states in the US have some shape or form of a stay-at-home order where people must self-quarantine. FoxBusiness has information on each state’s restrictions, such as Arkansas going as far as to not allow visitors into the house, even family members. California requires that residents wear face masks when leaving the house, not just for in-store shopping, and Connecticut reduced the schedule for running trains. All airports are essentially shut-down in that they are almost deserted in certain areas and flights to certain places, such as China, are not allowed. 

As all of the world goes through this, the easiest and most efficient way for most people to fight the virus in Georgia and elsewhere is by following the rules for once, but of course that’s easier said than done.