CORONAVIRUS IN GEORGIA: What’s happening today - March 13, 2020

Local counties postponing jury trials amid coronavirus outbreak

ATLANTA — Here’s a round-up of what’s happening so far today, March 13: (Click here for the previous day)

Georgia News Today

  • Gov. Brian Kemp will declare a public health emergency and call for a special legislative session.
  • President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over coronavirus.
  • Atlanta’s airport will be one of 13 airports that Americans will be allowed to fly into from overseas effective Friday night. All travels will go through a screening process. Read full statement here.
  • The Georgia Aquarium will close Saturday until the end of the month.
  • World of Coke will be closed starting Monday for two weeks.
  • Great Wolf Lodge will close all resorts starting Sunday and will reopen April 2.
  • SEC cancels all team activities, including competitions, team and individual practices, meetings and other organized gatherings, through April 15.
  • Clayton County declares judicial emergency for 2 weeks.
  • DeKalb County declares judicial emergency, cancels all jury and grand jury trails for 30 days.
  • Gwinnett County declares judicial emergency, cancels all jury and grand jury trails for the next two weeks.
  • Six Flags Over Georgia is suspending operations until the end of March.
  • Fulton County Superior Court Chief Judge Christopher Brasher announces that no jury trials will be held for 30 days: “...THE ORDER of the Court that no jurors or grand jurors shall report and no jury trials shall be held for a period of thirty (30) days from the date of the entry of this Order.”
  • The Masters golf tournament scheduled to take place in April 9-12 has been postponed.
  • NASCAR decides to postpone all racing events in Atlanta this weekend and Homestead-Miami next weekend.
  • The cases of coronavirus in Georgia is now up to 42. Gov. Brian Kemp’s office and the Department of Public Health created a site to track the case.
  • More school districts are canceling classes for the next two weeks. Find the full list here
  • Most University System of Georgia institutions will temporarily suspend instruction for two weeks. Students who are currently on spring break are strongly encouraged not to return to campus.
  • Long lines are appearing at grocery stores around metro Atlanta. But Kemp urges the public not to panic and not empty the shelves.