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 The ordinance will end at 11:59 p.m. on April 7, 2020 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the Chairman and Board.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.”
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)