by Robin Kemp

As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, the Georgia Department of Public Health reported 951 cases of COVID-19 in Clayton County. 35 people have died and 154 have been hospitalized.

The prevalance of the disease is 311.97 per 100,000 residents.

The county is taking appointments for COVID-19 testing at a new site in Riverdale behind City Hall.

In addition, longtime Forest Park landmark Anne and Bill’s Restaurant announced Monday that it has closed for good. The manager cited a loss of more than half their business due to COVID-19.

Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday loosened rules for social distancing in restaurants, allowing 10 customers per 300 square feet, excluding hallways and restrooms. Bars, nightclubs, and performance venues remain shuttered. Kids will be allowed to go to day camps starting Thursday with restrictions, but no sleepaway camps will open in Georgia this summer.

On Wednesday, Clayton County government and administrative offices will reopen to the public. The judicial emergency continues through Friday, June 12 at 11:59 p.m. by order of Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold D. Melton. Under that order, all criminal and civil jury trials are suspended and courts may not summon nor impanel any new trial or grand juries.