Kennesaw will not be ordering businesses to close their doors despite declaring a state of emergency in response to the spread of the coronavirus Thursday.

At least two other cities in Cobb County have also declared a state of emergency, but only Smyrna has ordered the closure of certain public gathering places. 

"At this time, the City of Kennesaw is not taking actions to further reduce or restrict businesses from operating or establish curfews; this declaration does set the framework that will allow the City to respond expeditiously should the need arise," the city noted in a news release.

As of noon Friday, there were 45 confirmed cases of the virus in Cobb County and 420 statewide. At least 13 people in Georgia have died from the virus. 

Thursday, Mayor Derek Easterling said the city had taken "unprecedented steps to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19" in a video uploaded to Facebook on Wednesday.

COVID-19 is the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Following Gov. Brian Kemp's declaration of a public health state of emergency over the weekend, Kennesaw has closed the Ben Robertson Community Center, Municipal Court, the Frank Boone Dog Park and skate park at Swift-Cantrell Park, the playgrounds at Adams, Depot and Swift-Cantrell parks, the Smith-Gilbert Gardens and the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History.

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(3) comments

Kristen Moody

This is ridiculous. Come on Kennesaw. Step up to the plate & make the tough call. Even the ATL Mayor shut down bars and restaurants. The Texas governor has issued an executive order to shut businesses down. Yes, it, for lack of better words, just plain sucks, and businesses are definitely gonna take a hit. It's undeniable, but we are all being inconvenienced here. Right now, you are being inconsiderate and dismissive of a very REAL danger. Hospitals are already overwhelmed, and other health issues aren't gonna stop just bc of COVID. This shouldn't be about business and politics and being liked right now. It should be about humanity. Keep this up, and there won't be enough people to bring back the business. Yes, we are gonna lose people to this, but if we can do something in our power to prevent some losses, or lessen the blow, we should. Wouldn't you rather do too much, than not enough? Wouldn't you rather say that you REALLY did something to slow the spread and flatten the curve so that we have enough resources to give life saving treatment to all that we can? I don't envy your position, however, if you're gonna voluntarily be in a position like this, you need to be able to make tough decisions. I'm afraid you missed the mark on this one, and you're missing the forest for the trees.

John Gargiulo

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John Gargiulo

This mayor must be up for reelection, not one in their right mind other than Kennesaw and Woodstock would make such a stupid decision as to not shut thing down, shame on Kennesaw for no action.

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