Mask advisory issued for all Gwinnett County government facilities | News


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. (CBS46) – As the Omicron variant continues to spread rapidly through metro Atlanta, Gwinnett County Board of Commissionersled by Speaker Nicole Hendrickson, signed an emergency order on Friday requiring the wearing of face masks at all county facilities.

The order will be in effect from January 10 to January 26.

“As an employer, Gwinnett County has experienced a significant amount of employee absenteeism due to the spread of COVID-19 and its variants,” Hendrickson said.

“Because we want to be proactive and keep essential services running without interruption for our residents, business owners and customers, we will follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Public Health and take measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 for the safety of those who visit and also work at our facilities,” Hendrickson added.

According to the press release, more than 18,566 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported to the Georgia Department of Health from Wednesday through Thursday this week.

County officials say if a person cannot afford a face mask, they will be provided with one.

Here are the exceptions to the new policy:

  • People who have difficulty putting on or taking off a face mask without help
  • People who have a legitimate religious reason for not wearing face coverings
  • People who have an actual medical condition that will prevent them from wearing a mask
  • The order does not apply to: private businesses, Gwinnett court facilities, the Gwinnett County School Board or municipal governments.

“It is imperative that we do everything in our power to keep our employees healthy. They are the people who keep the water running, respond to emergencies, keep our roads safe and provide other essential services to our community,” said County Administrator Glenn Stephens. “Chairman Hendrickson’s local emergency order and updated county policy to require masks provide our staff with another layer of protection as they serve our residents, businesses and visitors.”

At that time, President Hendrickson may re-evaluate this order based on recommendations from the CDC and the state DPH.


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