Newton County Adopts Shelter in Place Ordinance

The Newton County Board of Commissioners and Covington City Council passed joint resolutions Wednesday evening issuing a shelter at home ordinance for residents of the Unincorporated Newton County and the City of Covington to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The ordinance, which was unanimously approved by the Board of Commissioners during an Emergency Meeting, goes effect at 11:59 p.m. March 25. The ordinance will end at 11:59 p.m. on April 7, 2020 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the Chairman and Board.

“This is a serious time we are dealing with,” Chairman Marcello Banes said “I believe not many of us has seen this type of activity before and this type of outcry. I believe we do have to take the necessary steps to make sure our citizens not only feel safe but are safe and believe we have done that with this resolution.”

A full draft of the ordinance can be found on the County’s website.

The Board of Commissioners will continue to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19 and make amendments to the ordinance when applicable in order to continue to maintaining Newton County a safe community.

(Press Release from Newton County)

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