Executive Orders & Guidelines

 Forsyth County Response to COVID-19

Information on County Departmental operations, online services and other resources can be found here: Forsythco.com/COVID-19

Various Forsyth County Boards and Commissions will be meeting via teleconference, pursuant to O.C.G.A. 50-14-1(g).  Please click here for information on how to view, access and participate in these meetings.


The following Executive Orders and guidelines have been issued regarding COVID-19:

June 26: Chairman Semanson signed a declaration extending the Declaration of Local Emergency through July 12. The declaration can be viewed here. 

All orders previously issued by the Chair are ratified and reaffirmed, except that the order banning in-restaurant dining which was superseded by the Governor. Additionally, effective June 26, 2020 the March 20, 2020 Declaration regarding the acceptance of cash at convenience centers is rescinded.

May 12: The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners have signed a resolution that will reopen some aspects of the County, as well as continue some of the allowances and provisions, including:

  • Effective May 19, County boards will continue full operation and Public Hearings will resume (via teleconference).
  • Water & Sewer provided continued flexibility in imposing penalties and cut-offs.
  • Restaurants with on-premise consumption licenses may continue to sell “to go” wine and beer.
  • Additional temporary signage is allowed.
  • In-person meetings for County boards and commissions will resume June 4, with a teleconference option.

The resolution also extends the local state of emergency through June 12 and is in line with the Governor’s declaration of statewide emergency. Learn more and see the full resolution here

April 30:  Executive Order “Renewal of Public Health State of Emergency." To view the order, click here.

April 23: Statewide Executive Order “Reviving a Healthy Georgia.” To view the order, click here

April 21: The Georgia Board of Cosmetology and Barbers issued safety guidelines for reopening. More information is available here.

April 20: A statewide Executive Order providing flexibility for healthcare practices, moving certain businesses to minimum operations, and providing for emergency response. To see the full text of the order, click here. To view guidelines for the Executive Order, click here

April 3: A statewide Shelter in Place Order went into effect at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 3 and will last through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 30. To read the full text of the order, click hereTo view the Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforceclick here. The Governor has also created a video discussing the Shelter in Place order. You can view it here.

March 27: Chairman Semanson signed additional Declarations and Orders.in response to COVID-19.  The full text is available here. The order includes the closure of dine-in and/or outdoor/patio services at restaurants, the suspension of certain purchasing policies, specifically related to COVID-19, the suspension of penalties and fines related to Occupation Taxes and the allowance for online public bid openings. 

March 20: Chairman Semanson signed an urgent declaration regarding gatherings.  The statement reads in part, “ ... all Forsyth County citizens and residents are requested, in the most urgent terms, to avoid holding, sponsoring, or attending non-mandatory assemblies or gatherings of 10 or more individuals for so long as Forsyth County remains in a state of locally declared emergency.”  Click here to view the full text of the declaration.

March 18: Forsyth County Board of Commissioners Chairman Laura Semanson signed a declaration of local emergency, effective March 18, 2020. The declaration calls for all available resources of the county to be used as necessary to cope with the impact of COVID-19 on Forsyth County.