The Grady County Board of Commissioners met in a special called meeting this morning, Friday, March 27, to execute a joint declaration of a state of emergency regarding COVID-19. This joint declaration is also expected to be approved by the Cairo City Council at a called meeting at 11 a.m. and then by the Whigham City Council tomorrow at a called meeting scheduled for 8 a.m.
This action requires residents to shelter in place from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. except to perform essential activities, perform work at an essential business or obtain healthcare services. Any person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or just tested for the virus and is awaiting results is ordered to remain in his or her place of residence except to travel to and from healthcare providers. This emergency declaration does not close grocery stores, but all churches are required to cancel in-person services and hair and nail salons are to temporarily close.