Camden County: Mandatory curfew begins Monday night, officials say

Coronavirus pandemic: Mandatory curfew begins Monday night, Camden County officials say

CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. — Leaders in Camden County are taking steps to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Monday morning, many people were out shopping and hitting the road, but there may be fewer cars on the road tonight.

The county is imposing an mandatory curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginnging tonight. The curfew will end at noon on April 6.

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Carrie Ward told us she supports the curfew.​

“I believe people should stay home. If we all want to get better we need to obey what we’re supposed to do,” Ward said.

Camden County leaders said the curfew doesn’t apply to essential travel to and from work, medical care, pharmacies or to obtain food or fuel.

The Camden County Sheriff’s Office said deputies will be out enforcing the curfew.

It was put in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19 after Florida issued checkpoints.

There have been only two confirmed cases in Camden County but because testing has been limited, public health officials said there is not an accurate picture of the current level of infection in the community.

Law enforcement officials from the county, city and state will also be out at exits 1, 3, 6, 7 and 14 in the county to monitor traffic at those areas until Wednesday.

"I think they’re great because people just don’t want to stay home and they really need to," Ward said.

Camden County emergency management said no new reservations for the next 72 hours will be allowed at the county’s hotels and motels.​