Camden County orders end to onsite dining

County already instituted voluntary curfew

Restaurants in Camden County join those in Florida and elsewhere across the country in closing their dining rooms, but remaining open for take-out and delivery. (John Raoux, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

All restaurants in Camden County were ordered to discontinue onsite food and beverage consumption at noon Tuesday.

The County Commission encourages restaurants to remain open for pickup and delivery of food and beverages but banned indoor or outdoor service on premises.

This comes the day after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order closing all bars and nightclubs, banning gatherings of more than 10 and ordering the medically fragile to shelter in place.

As Georgia’s coronavirus caseload continues to grow, Camden County continues to ask residents to stay home after dark in hopes of limiting the spread of the virus. A voluntary curfew from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. was instituted in the county on Monday.

“It is vitally important that all businesses realize that continuing to allow in-person gatherings of greater than 10 people is posing a significant health risk to Camden County,” officials said.

Exceptions will be made for those who need to travel to work, seek medical treatment, stock up on food, fuel, medicine and other necessities, according to the county’s notice.

The nightly curfew will not have any influence on operations at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, nor will it impact critical needs such as grocery stores, hospitals and pharmacies.

While the curfew is voluntary, the county noted other options such as a shelter-in-place order or mandatory curfew may become necessary based on how the public health emergency unfolds.

Camden County does not any cases of its own, but a Charlton County patient is being treated Southeast Georgia Health System’s Camden campus. So far, four cases have been identified in nearby Glynn County and a case was identified Monday in Pierce County.