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Kindness Matters: South GA Publix Employee Pays For Customer’s Groceries

South Georgia Publix employee pays for customer’s groceries

Tonia Davis never would have guessed that her Monday trip to the grocery store would end up with someone else taking care of the bill. But that’s exactly what happened at a South Georgia Publix when an employee paid for her groceries.

Where it started

It happened just one week before Valentine’s Day. Davis’ daughter Mallorie Smith wrote about the surprising offer in a Facebook post.

Davis had picked up her granddaughter from school and then went to the Publix grocery store in Lee County, Smith recalled. It was raining that day. Together they shopped, filled a cart, and headed to the checkout.

The total was about $70. But when Davis went to pay, this usual shopping trip took a turn. She reached for her wallet, but couldn’t find it. Frantically searching in the checkout line, it just wasn’t there.

She ran out to her car thinking it must be there, only to rush back empty-handed into the store. Davis’ husband, who was about 20 minutes away, offered to pay over the phone. But that was not an available option.

How it ended

Out of options, she resolved to leave it all at the register and come back later to shop again with her wallet and payment. But one of the Publix associates at checkout said that wouldn’t be necessary.

The associate, named Chaz, told Davis he would pay for her grocery bill. Her immediate reply was, “absolutely not, I couldn’t let you do that.” But Chaz insisted he make the payment.

So, she let him pay for the groceries.

And, in classic Publix associate fashion, Chaz offered to help bring the groceries out to Davis’ car. She agreed, and took this grateful group selfie in the parking lot.

Tonia Davis and her granddaughter Milbrey pause for a photo with Chaz, a Publix associate who paid for their groceries.

But before leaving, she made sure to leave her contact information with him and promised that she would return the same day with cash to pay him back.

And that’s exactly what she did. Davis’ wallet was at her home, right where she had left it. She brought the cash back to the store and repaid Chaz in full.

It’s certainly not every day a Publix employee pays for a customer’s groceries. But this story is a reminder of what’s possible.

“There are still good people in this world,” Smith noted, “May God bless you, Chaz!”

Featured image courtesy of Google Maps via Jill Hernandez.

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14 Things You Need To Know Before Shopping At Aldi

Shopping at Aldi will soon be a reality for Albany residents.

The announcement is clear and the buzz is evident: Aldi is coming to Albany, GA in 2022. The discount grocery store will provide more choices and likely more competition to the Albany area as the chain has a loyal following of shoppers. First time customers will immediately notice this is not your average supermarket. Here is what you need to know before shopping at Aldi.

Bring a Quarter

Aldi keeps its costs (and prices) low by providing a unique experience to shoppers. That includes taking responsibility for your own shopping cart.

You won’t find any employees out in the parking lot corralling carts. That’s because Aldi customers are incentivized to do it themselves by leaving a quarter deposit for that shopping cart (extra Southern, read: buggy).

To do this, you put the quarter into the slot on the right side of the cart. This unlocks it from the others so you can pull it out. When you are finished shopping, simply return your cart to get your quarter back.

Forget the coupons

Aldi may rarely issue special coupons for grand openings or regional coupons, but other than that, they don’t have them and won’t accept your manufacturer coupons. That’s because the stores are focused on keeping costs low by simplifying operations.

You won’t recognize most of the brands

With very few exceptions, nearly all of the products sold in Aldi Stores are packaged under the Aldi brand. The names on the label may be unfamiliar, but they are made by some of the largest US food producers. Aldi says this helps them meet strict quality standards while delivering lower costs.

You bag your own groceries

Finished your shopping trip? Head over to the cashier to pay and get your receipt — but that’s it. Your responsibility is now to bag your own groceries. Just another way Aldi keeps their costs low.

You pay for grocery bags

If you arrive at checkout and don’t have your own bags for groceries, don’t worry. You can buy some. Aldi sells paper and reusable bags in the store for customers. Are you seeing the pattern of the business yet? We recommend bringing your own bags.

Don’t call Aldi, they don’t have a phone

You read that correctly. Aldi stores don’t have phone numbers. So if you wanted to call ahead about something, you can’t. Staff members don’t have to answer the phone, because there isn’t one. Which also means the store doesn’t have to pay for a phone bill either. If you happen to have a burning question for someone at Aldi, be sure to ask while you are at the store.

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If wine is your thing, try an Aldi brand

Many Aldi stores sell wine. Since wine in grocery stores is no stranger to Georgia, you can likely expect to see a wine selection at the Aldi in Albany once it opens. Similar to the low cost but quality findings at places like Trader Joes (more on that in a bit), Aldi has a critically acclaimed wine selection at surprisingly low costs.

Store hours may be shorter than you think

Coming once more from the cost saving department, Aldi is only open during peak operating hours. That means no late-night or early morning Aldi runs. Depending on the location, doors usually open at 9am and close 11 to 12 hours later.

The Aldi customer guarantee is next level

Aldi believes in its brand and the quality of its products, and the company stands behind them in a unique way. If you find an Aldi product that has an issue or doesn’t meet the quality of a rival brand, the store will not only replace the item, but give you the original money back on it. Aldi calls this the Twice As Nice Guarantee.

Aldi is the parent company of Trader Joe’s

Even though Aldi is based in Germany, Trader Joe’s is part of the company portfolio. If you have ever shopped at a Trader Joe’s, you will immediately notice some similar features at Aldi locations.

The Aisle of Shame

This one is sure to be a conversation starter. Aldi’s center aisle is always changing its offerings, and it’s so popular that is has its own fan club. Lovingly nicknamed the “Aisle of Shame,” it has its own Facebook group with over a million members. In it, enthusiastic shoppers share recent finds, trips to the store, and honest reviews.

Watch for Aldi Finds

Every now and then, Aldi will enact short-lived sales, called Aldi Finds. These deals don’t last long but offer special opportunities to buy premium food and household items.

Aldi has a gluten-free brand

Gluten-free shoppers rejoice – Aldi has a brand just for you, including snacks and sweets, frozen foods, pantry items, and more. You can also find gluten-free recipes on the Aldi website.

Aldi prides itself on lower costs and a speedy experience

The store model of Aldi avoids non-essential services like banking, pharmacies, and check cashing to bring more savings to customers.

A brief history of shopping at Aldi

Founded by the Albrecht family, the first Aldi store opened in 1961 in Germany, making Aldi the first discounter in the world. The company is now headquartered in Illinois with more than 2,000 stores across 36 states.

Aldi’s no-frills grocery shopping experience focuses on customers first, delivering quality food, customer service, and everyday low prices. The stores feature a quick and easy shopping experience with only four to five aisles and all the essentials.

Have you shopped at Aldi before? What was your shopping experience like? Share your story in the comments.

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We Eat Here: Pearly’s Famous Country Cooking

Pearly's Famous Country Cooking in Albany, GA.

From A First-Timer

Pearly’s Famous Country Cooking is an Albany icon. There’s no question about it. This fast-casual place to eat is one where anybody can feel right at home. This was my experience as a first-time visitor.

As soon as you walk in the door, a common description is immediately evident: this place is bustling. Orders are being placed, food is cooking, plates are being made, coffee is being poured, and tables are being bussed. And all of this his happening constantly.

Even for a late breakfast around 10 a.m. when the restaurant wasn’t full, Pearly’s was moving at a quick pace. Guests can walk in and order at the counter or stay in their car and order at the restaurant’s drive-thru.

A view of the front ordering counter at Pearly's Famous Country Cooking.
A view of the front ordering counter at Pearly’s.

It was my first time, so I went inside and got in line. At the counter, I ordered a breakfast platter with two eggs (over easy), sausage patties, home fries, and a biscuit with coffee and water. Then I chose to pay a little extra for some gravy with my biscuit.

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I got a tray with my coffee, water, and a table number right after I paid at the counter, then went and found a seat in a booth and waited on my cooked-to-order food.

Coffee and an order number at my table at Pearly's Famous Country Cooking.
Coffee and an order number at my table at Pearly’s Famous Country Cooking.

Now don’t forget: you won’t get your silverware with your food or at the table. Be sure to stop by the small counter just outside the seating area to pick up forks, spoons, and knives. You can also pick up chilled coffee creamer and honey.

Plenty of items are available at the silverware and condiments counter inside Pearly's Famous Country Cooking.
Plenty of items are available at the silverware and condiments counter inside Pearly’s.

A friendly staff member brought out my order a few minutes after I sat down. It was fresh and hot. During the rest of my time eating, various restaurant staff members stopped by occasionally to make sure my coffee was filled and that I was satisfied. And I was.

A view of my made to order breakfast including eggs, sausage, a biscuit, and gravy at Pearly's Famous Country Cooking in Albany, GA.
A view of my made to order breakfast including eggs, sausage, a biscuit, and gravy at Pearly’s.

The Atmosphere

The inside of Pearly’s Famous Country Cookin’ feels like something between home and your grandma. The food is good, the place is clean, and the employees are nice.

Established in 1962 by Carey “Pearly” and Ruth Gates, the restaurant has existed in a few different forms. But in 1991 the owners moved to a new concept and Pearly’s was born.
Their website says Pearly’s is Albany’s oldest family-owned and operated restaurant offering country cooking, breakfast and lunch. They say it’s a “little taste of heaven at the Pearly Gates.”

Plan Your Visit

Pearly’s Famous Country Cookin’ is located at 814 N. Slappey Blvd in Albany. They are open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, and closed on Sunday.

You can see more about Pearly’s on their website. Are you a Pearly’s regular? What’s your go-to dish? Share your thoughts with us in the comments or join the conversation on Facebook.

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Women Are Showing Men This $100 Decoration And The Responses are Hilarious


Halloween is over but fun tricks are still rolling in

It’s the holidays, and some women are having a holly-jolly time asking their significant other about what they think of a popular decoration found while shopping online.

This lighted hanging branch decor accessory from Crate & Barrel is a chic and simple statement piece, seemingly perfect for that festive yet minimal vibe. And it’s available for a cool $100.

The faux branch is pre-lit with small lights, and is supported by a thin rustic rope tied to both ends, balancing it as it hangs on a wall.

Image courtesy of Crate & Barrel

Ready to buy? I know I am. Who wouldn’t want this? It oozes simplicity and nature, while echoing a spruce and fir forest. If you lean in really close you can actually hear a horse-drawn sleigh and jingle bells. At least that’s what I was told.

Well, for the price, some have had second thoughts – which is why women are having a laugh at the expense of their husbands and boyfriends, and sharing it all on social media. I’m personally here for it, and if we’re honest- we likely all need an extra laugh. Here are the responses.

This guy was channeling his inner Simon Cowell

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This guy had After-Christmas sales in mind

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This guy was not having it, but offered an alternative

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This guy saw a money-making opportunity

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We hope you had a good laugh with this, and hope you are staying well and safe through the holiday season. Some decorations just aren’t for everyone.

What do you think about this hanging branch? Have you tried it yourself? Let us know in the comments.

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South Georgia Gems: Radium Springs Gardens


About Radium Springs Gardens

Radium Springs Gardens, just outside of Albany, GA, is one of Georgia’s seven natural wonders. A natural “blue hole” spring, Radium Springs pumps 70,000 gallons of clear, 68-degree water per minute from an underground cave.

Radium Springs is a historical natural site, suitable for all ages and family and pet-friendly.

There is also no charge to visit. The site’s amenities include free parking on site, a picnic area, and self-guided tours.

Visitors can easily walk through a courtyard where a former casino once stood, and follow concrete steps down into the site’s lower terrace and sidewalks that lead to a casino garden and gazebos.

A Brief History of Radium Springs Gardens

Swimming is no longer allowed at Radium Springs, but the location was once a thriving spot to meet and cool off by taking a dip in the natural blue waters.

In the 1920s, researchers found trace amounts of radium in the water. The site later became known as Radium Springs. It was previously known as Blue Springs. Decades before that, by Native Americans called it Skywater and revered it as a ceremonial site.

As the 1920s continued, developers chose to capitalize on the popularity of mineral springs at the time. They built a resort on the property, known as the Casino.

The Radium Springs Casino featured a large dance hall and elegant dining room and was a popular spot for social events.

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Fast forward half a century and the Radium Springs Casino began to see its end. In 1982, a fire swept through the place. Then floods in 1994 and 1998 damaged the casino beyond repair.

Later in 2003, the remaining building structure was removed, with a large concrete courtyard left in place.

Visitors can walk through that courtyard that stands on the original site of the casino.

Radium Springs Gardens is now operated by the City of Albany, which has begun work on restoring parts of the site, like the ruins of the main gazebo.

Visitor Information

Visitors can find Radium Springs Gardens at 2501 Radium Springs Road, Albany, GA 31705.

Admission is free and the gardens are open 6 days a week. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

If you visit Radium Springs and want to see all seven of Georgia’s natural wonders, you can check out the official list, which includes Stone Mountain, the Okefenokee Swamp, Tallulah Gorge, Amicalola Falls, Warm Springs, and Providence Canyon.

Have you been to Radium Springs? What’s your favorite part of this natural site? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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South Georgia Gems: Mark’s Melon Patch In Summer


A visit to Mark’s Melon Patch in summer is almost always a good idea – it’s family-friendly, wholesome, and a perfect match for our new series called South Georgia Gems. The farm and produce stand just outside Sasser, GA features plenty of fresh produce, fresh air, and a welcoming environment.

That’s what we’re focusing on in South Georgia Gems: some of the smaller local places that have become cornerstones of their respective areas.

When you first arrive to Mark’s Melon Patch, you have likely already noticed the large wooden signs showcasing watermelons and boiled peanuts along the drive, which is about a 15 minute car ride from the Albany Mall.

Then, pulling into the dirt and gravel parking lot, the farm-style atmosphere of the place sets in. Antique International Harvester and John Deere tractors flank the entrance from the highway, sporting their bright red and green metal hues along a wooden fence.

The property is sprawling, with acres and acres of fields behind the main open-air produce stand. These fields are always in use, and visitors can take the most advantage of them in the fall, when hay rides and corn maze exploring are available.

But in the summer, it’s all about produce, peach ice cream, and berry picking. Mark’s Melon Patch has pick-your-own strawberry fields for people to utilize and buy the berries when they are in season.

Back at the main open-air produce stand is a good place to enjoy the shade while in the South Georgia heat. This is where the variety of produce and products are all on display. Everything from fresh peppers, watermelons, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, and more are ready to purchase.

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You can also pick up a large cup of fresh, hot boiled peanuts to enjoy and take home with you, along with dozens and dozens of unique jams and jellies you’ve never heard of, and canned and pickled vegetables.

On a recent trip, I made sure to order peach ice cream in a waffle cone, which is delivered with a generously heavy amount. The cool soft serve was welcome on that hot day.

This place is a South Georgia Gem, and I hope you enjoyed this little tour of Mark’s Melon Patch in summer. If you have been to the patch, what do you enjoy most about it? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Social Distancing 2.0: Georgia Guidelines For Business, People, and Staying Home


A new step forward for Georgia, with plenty of rules

Here we are. As of midnight April 30, 2020, Georgia’s stay home order officially ends. New rules and social distancing guidelines now apply. Here’s what to expect.

Changes for people

The first major change is for those Georgians being asked to continue to shelter in place until the new date of June 12, 2020. Governor Brian Kemp says these rules are for the most vulnerable people in the state.

  • People 65 years of age or older
  • People living in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • People with chronic lung disease
  • People with moderate to severe asthma
  • People with severe heart disease
  • People who are immunocompromised
  • People with class III or severe obesity
  • People with diabetes, liver disease, or chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis

In addition to the new stay at home orders for the most vulnerable Georgians, Governor Kemp extended the public health state of emergency through June 12, 2020 “to continue enhanced testing across Georgia, ramp up contact tracing, and maintain effective emergency response operations in every region.”

Changes for businesses

The new executive order for Georgia businesses includes new criteria to open, and each category has its own long list.

Barbers, body art, cosmetologists, tanning, and more

This is the list of minimum criteria for Georgia body art studios, barbers, cosmetologists, hair designers, nail care artists, estheticians, their respective schools, massage therapists, and tanning facilities to open. It will remain in effect until midnight on May 13, 2020.

Bowling alleys

According to the executive order by Governor Kemp, bowling alleys have their own list of minimum criteria to reopen and will be in effect until May 13, 2020.

Gyms and fitness centers

Like bowling alleys, gyms and fitness centers across the peach state must meet certain minimum criteria to reopen, until midnight on May 13, 2020.

Movie theaters and cinemas

New for this executive order, Indoor movie theaters and cinemas are now allowed to reopen as long as they meet certain minimum criteria until midnight on May 13, 2020.

Dining rooms and restaurants

The rules get more specific for dining rooms and restaurants. No more than 10 patrons are allowed per 500 square feet of space, excluding hallways, bathrooms, and spaces closed to patrons. These places were allowed to resume dine-in service on April 27, 2020 if they meet minimum mandatory criteria. No end date was given for these places.

Bars, nightclubs, and more

The Georgia executive order specifically notes that bars, nightclubs, public swimming pools, live performance venues, and operators of amusement park rides must remain closed until midnight on May 13, 2020, unless extended.

All retail businesses

In this case the order puts retail businesses in the same group as retail and wholesale grocery stores, which must meet certain minimum criteria until midnight on May 13, 2020.

Large gatherings

When it comes to gatherings of people, businesses, establishments, corporations, organizations, and local governments cannot allow more than 10 people to gather in a single location unless there is at least 6 feet between each person.

Specifically, a “single location” means a space where all persons gathered cannot maintain at least 6 feet between themselves and another person. Exceptions to the large gatherings ban include the following:

  • Cohabitating persons, family units, or roommates
  • Critical infrastructure
  • Transitory or incidental grouping
  • Dining rooms and restaurants – no more than 10 patrons per 500 square feet, excluding hallways, bathrooms, and spaces closed to patrons.

Watch Governor Kemp’s address

If you would like to view the executive order, you can see it here, and read the full press release here.

What do you think about the new rules, restrictions, and social distancing guidelines for Georgia? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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We Live Here: Lara Lyn Carter


We’re starting a new video series!

This new video series from 229 Life is called We Live Here. It’s made to feature people who make up the fabric of South Georgia as we know it and showcase them in ways you may not have thought of. Our first guest on this series is Lara Lyn Carter, an Emmy-winning television chef and mom bringing Southern elegance and healthy recipes to the modern kitchen.

Lara Lyn Carter is a native of South Georgia and has a self-taught knack for delivering clean-eating recipes that don’t forget the flavor. Her book of recipes, Skinny Southern, is a hallmark of this feat. The book shares 90 reinvented classics without the guilt. Get the book HERE.

You’ll notice the format of this video and some others are in a video chat style. We decided not to delay this series even in the middle of the 2020 pandemic, where South Georgia and Albany particularly has been a hot spot of COVID-19 cases. That’s why it looks this way. We’re so thankful for technology and the internet that allows us to make this possible. We’re also thankful for Lara Lyn Carter taking time to do this interview with us.

Watch the video

Future episodes of the We Live Here series will feature South Georgia leaders, influencers, and business owners. If you like this video or just want to support 229 Life in general, subscribe to our YouTube channel! This lets you have access to our latest videos as soon as they are available.

What are your thoughts on this new series and who do you think should be featured next? You may have thought of somebody that we haven’t. Let us know in the comments below.

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Georgia’s Statewide Shelter In Place Order: Guidelines, Answers, and Enforcement


Looking at Georgia’s statewide shelter in place order

Some cities and municipalities were already under a shelter in place order to help combat the spread of COVID-19. How does Georgia’s statewide shelter in place order change things? We’re digging into the guidelines, answers, and enforcement.

Here’s what this article covers:

Gov. Brian Kemp implemented a statewide shelter in place executive order to help stop the spread of COVID-19. It went into effect on April 3, 2020 at 6 pm and runs through 11:59 pm April 13, 2020.

The order requires all Georgia residents to stay in their homes unless engaging in essential work or activities, like purchasing food or supplies. It also urges every Georgia resident to practice social distancing, and restricts gatherings of more than 10 people at a time.

Looking at the differences

For those already under a local shelter in place order, the change does change much. But it does add some restrictions and allows for enforcement.

The order, while sweeping, did allow for a “reasonable time” that businesses would be able to either adjust to the new rules or close for the period.

Businesses forced to close or remove in-person operations

  • Bars
  • Nightclubs
  • Gyms
  • Fitness centers
  • Bowling allies
  • Theaters
  • Live performance venues
  • Operators of amusement parks
  • Dine-in services at restaurants and social clubs *(see exceptions)
  • Estheticians
  • Hair designers
  • Body art studios (tattoo parlors)
  • Beauty shops and salons (including in-home)
  • Barber shops
  • Cosmetology schools
  • Hair design schools
  • Barbering schools
  • Esthetics schools
  • Nail care schools
  • Licensed massage therapists

*Exceptions for dine-in services: Take-out, curbside pickup, delivery, and dine-in services at hospitals, healthcare facilities, nursing homes, or other long-term care facilities

Two categories for defining businesses

The Governor’s order splits all other Georgia businesses not in the list above into two categories. Each one has individual requirements necessary to comply. The categories are critical infrastructure and non-critical infrastructure.

Critical infrastructure: defined

Critical infrastructure means a business, establishments, non-profit corporations, and organizations as defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as “essential critical infrastructure workforce.” These are suppliers that provide essential goods and services, for the critical infrastructure workforce as well as entities that provide legal services, home hospice, and non-profit corporations or non-profit organizations that offer food distribution or other health or mental health services.

These businesses and organizations must meet 16 listed requirements to be able to continue in-person operations.

Non-critical infrastructure: defined

All other businesses that have not been closed due to the order, are considered non-critical infrastructure. They must follow the social distancing rule, only perform minimum basic operations, and meet the listed 20 requirements to stay open.

Individuals and families

The executive order for Georgia individuals and families to shelter in place heavily leans on one basic rule, as follows: All residents and visitors of Georgia are required to shelter in place in their residences for the duration of the time period with the exceptions noted below. “Shelter in place” means remaining in their residences and taking every possible precaution to limit social interaction to prevent the spread or infection of COVID-19.

Exceptions for individuals and families

Residents or visitors in Georgia are not required to shelter in place if they are:

  • Engaging in essencial services
  • Working in critical infrastructure
  • Engaging in minimum basic operations
  • Performing necessary travel

What does necessary travel mean?

Governor Kemp’s statewide order defines necessary travel as the travel required for someone to conduct or participate in essential services, minimum basic operations, or work for critical infrastructure.

What does essential services mean?

Here’s what the order says: Essential services means obtaining necessary supplies for your household, activities for the health and safety of your household, outdoor exercise so long as you have at least six feet between people who do not live in your household.

This means you can go to the grocery store, medical appointments, and the pharmacy. You can go pick up food or have food delivered to your home. You can leave to buy supplies to clean or maintain your home. You can go outside to exercise. It’s also okay to leave your house in an emergency.

Governor Kemp’s statewide order summarized the key takeaway for individuals and families as this: You need to stay in your home as much as possible, but there are circumstances when you may need to leave. Keep those circumstances rare, consolidate trips as much as possible, and use take-out, curbside pickup, and delivery services whenever possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Enforcement of the order

This is what the Georgia shelter in place order says about violations and enforcement: If you violate any of the terms of the order, you are committing a misdemeanor, which is a crime in the state of Georgia. Here’s an example. If you are not sheltering in place and none of the four exceptions for essential services, minimum basic operations, critical infrastructure, or necessary travel applies to your activities, you will receive a warning from law enforcement and risk facing criminal charges if you fail to comply.

More questions and answers:

Q: Do I need a letter to prove that I can keep working?

No. You do not need a letter from your employer or the government to prove that you fall into one of the exceptions for essential services, necessary travel, critical infrastructure, or minimum basic operations.

Q: What does the order mean for church services and funeral services?

No business, establishment, for-profit or non-profit corporation, organization, or county or municipal government is allowed to have more than 10 people gathering in a single location unless there is at least six feet between each person at all times. This rule applies to church services and funeral services.

Q: Can I go to state parks or play sports outside like golf?

Yes. You can visit state parks and play sports outside, including golf, subject to certain restrictions. Gatherings of more than 10 people are banned unless there is at least six feet between each person at all times. If people congregate in certain areas of a state park or golf course, for example, law enforcement will warn them to disband. If they fail to comply, they may face criminal charges.

Hey everyone, thanks for reading this. We appreciate it and hope this has been helpful to you. In addition, we hope you can use it to help do your part to fight the spread of COVID-19.

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