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LAWRENCEVILLE — The Solicitor General’s Office of Gwinnett County released a statement to the public yesterday that says that they intend to enforce the Stay-at-Home Order issued by Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash last Friday.

The Executive Orders released by Nash ordered the residents of Gwinnett County to stay at home. Only essential businesses and their workers were allowed to be out. Others are allowed to leave their homes to buy food and supplies, go to the doctor, take care of family members and pets that do not reside with them, and to get exercise so long as social distancing is maintained. These restrictions come in the wake of the increasing number of new infections of the coronavirus that is spreading like wildfire throughout the world.

Everyone has been asked to abide by the new orders to help stop the spread of COVID-19. A good portion of the residents of Gwinnett has followed the orders and stayed at home. However, some people are not taking the threat of this virus seriously and are thus contributing to the spread of the virus. This failure to follow orders has contributed to the statement released by the Solicitor’s Office.

The Solicitor’s Office said that anyone who fails to comply with the Stay-at-Home Order will be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to 60 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine upon conviction. The Solicitor’s Office says that those who refuse to comply with the order endanger others with “reckless disregard” and will be held accountable. Law enforcement officers have the authority to enforce the Stay-at-Home Order.

In the statement released to the public, the Solicitor’s Office states that they will “continue its efforts to ensure that Gwinnett County residents are safe and secure through aggressive and innovative prosecution.” They go on to add, “We understand that these are uncertain and unprecedented times, but by working together and following the recommendations of our local, state, and federal officials, we can overcome this challenge. We would like to thank everyone for their effort and cooperation during this unprecedented time.”

— Staff Reports

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