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Last week, Governor Brian Kemp issued a new Executive Order that continued Georgia’s public health state of emergency through July 12, 2020. At the same time, Governor Kemp also issued an Executive Order that provides guidance for reviving a healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19. City Manager Alan Carson said that based on these new Executive Orders, large community events such as CNSNext’s July 4th celebration will remain suspended.

“We are very disappointed that we are unable to bring the July 4th festivities to our community this year,” said Carson. “Unfortunately, at the advice of local health agencies and based on Governor Kemp’s Executive Orders, large events such as this are not advisable at this stage of our community’s recovery from COVID-19.”

Governor Kemp’s May 28th Executive Order provides guidance for gatherings that includes practicing social distancing and limiting social gatherings to no more than 25 individuals. “Because larger gatherings of more than 25 people could potentially contribute to a resurgence of the virus, the Governor has ordered that these types of gatherings continue to be delayed. Our hope is that we can bring a fireworks show to our community at a later date when it is safe for us to gather in larger numbers.”

Carson said that while many are eager to get back to larger gatherings in our community, it is important that care is given as to how quickly those activities resume. “We’ve made a great deal of progress in our community to slow the spread of the coronavirus,” he said. “By continuing to follow the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and observing the Governor’s Executive Orders, we can hopefully keep the number of new coronavirus cases in our community from spiking higher.”

The City of Thomasville has established a special page on dedicated to the City’s COVID-19 response. Additional information will be shared on the City’s social media sites and CNSNext Channel 6. For more information visit or call 229-227-7001.


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