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Essential Businesses Open During COVID-19 Shelter in Place
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Essential Businesses Open During COVID-19 Shelter in Place

In response to the coronavirus crisis, Newton County issued a  Shelter in Place Ordinance, effective from 11:59 p.m. on March 25, 2020 until 11:59 p.m. on April 7, 2020. While this ordinance requires non-essential businesses to close their facilities, performing minimum basic operations and being closed to the public. people are traveling for business and personal reasons and should continue to follow COVID-19 travel recommendations.

The list of essential businesses in operation to meet the community needs consists of 22 categories that include health care, grocery stores, pharmacies, stores that sell household consumer products, gas stations, auto repair, banks, hardware stores, household repair services, laundry service providers, restaurants (delivery or carryout only) and businesses that supply an essential business. All industrial manufacturers, delivery services, transportation services, home health, hotels/motels, childcare facilities and liquor stores are also considered essential.

Newton County recognizes that there are community needs that include getting food, exercising, and handling other essential personal and business needs. The public is mandated to shelter in place at their residence but can travel for essential needs. This includes travel to essential business, to care for another person, for a health care need, to obtain or deliver necessary services or supplies, to engage in outdoor activity, and to work at an essential business or to perform minimum basic operations at a business closed to the public. The public can also walk on trails and sidewalks. Your movement must adhere to COVID-19 travel recommendations that include the six feet social distancing requirement.

With social distancing becoming the new norm, restaurants, grocery stores and other essential businesses are adjusting business practices to help minimize the spread of the virus. To help you get essentials that you need during this difficult time, we’ve put together a quick list of COVID-19 resources of local, small businesses operating in the community. Please note the operations and hours of any business are subject to change, so we advise you contact them directly before heading out.


Under the ordinance, restaurants have suspended their dine-in services but can operate with a drive-thru, curbside pickup, and delivery options. Here are some local, small business restaurants that are open:

Bradley’s Bar-B-Que – Located just off the square in Covington, call 770-786-1140 to place your order for takeout and they will have it ready for curbside pickup.

Your Pie – Located on the square, download the app to place your mobile order, order online, or call 470-327-2799 for delivery, take-out, or curbside pickup.

Five O'clock Sports Bar & Grill – Located in Porterdale, they are offering delivery through Grubhub, Doordash, Postmates, and Ubereats, and provide curbside services. Check their Facebook page for daily specials and call 770-385-3060 to place your order.

Osake Japanese Restaurant – Located in downtown Covington, Osake is providing curbside. When you order online or Shop Now on Facebook, use the code OSAKE20 at checkout to receive a 20% discount on any subtotal over $20 (before taxes/fees).

City Pharmacy – Located on the square, City Pharmacy is offering a curbside menu and family meals for pickup. Their family meals will feed four and include an entree and your choice of two sides. They also have beer and wine to go.

Milazzo's Ristorante – Located in Porterdale, they are open for carryout and curbside. In addition to their menu, they have some larger takeout options including full or half pans of lasagna, pasta Milazzo and chicken parmesan. Please call or message 678-625-0000 two hours prior for any large orders.

Mamie's Kitchen Biscuits – Located on Brown Bridge Road in Newton County, Mamie’s Kitchen Biscuits has daily specials while they last. Call in at 770-788-1270 and drive-thru is available.

Plain Nuts Catering & Deli – Located in the heart of the square, curbside and pickup are available here by calling 770-788-8182 to phone in your order.

Grocery Stores and Markets

With so many grocery stores in Newton County, we want to highlight some of our small business stores to include in your shopping plans.

Ramsey’s Produce is open and can also arrange delivery for free to high-risk individuals and those unable to leave your home for health reasons. Call 770 -354-4188.

Bell’s Discount Grocery is open and has Senior hours on certain days in the first hours of the morning. Call 770-787-8800 or check their Facebook page for information as the days are subject to change.

Town Square Olive Oil is offering curbside service. They continue to fill phone at 770-728-1000 and online orders at  www.townsquareoliveoil.com. Pickup times will be at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


Since places of worship have suspended in-person services, there are several live and recorded broadcasts for you to participate in worship online.

Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church is streaming virtual worship on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m.

CrossRoads Baptist Church is on Facebook live at 10:30 a.m. Sundays.

Eastridge Community Church will broadcast live at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. on Sundays.

Stewart Community Church goes live on Facebook at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays.

Covington Christian - Church on the Round – They will stream live on Facebook on Sundays at 11 a.m.

Other Essentials and Small Business Services

Covington Pro Lube is open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Kwik Change Lube & Service, LLC is also open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Economy Tire Covington will be open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Mayfield Ace Hardware has reworked our register line to enable us to have a socially distant line so you can get your tools, gardening supplies and other essentials. 

Moxie Fitness is scheduling LIVE virtual classes for the next 2 weeks! These are free to join. Additionally, you can get their Moxie On-Demand video library for just $10 a month now from their website.

The Soap Box Covington has hand sanitizer that is available for curbside pickup and online ordering as supplies last.

There are many more places open since the list of essential businesses is quite extensive. To find more resources in the community, join the group Facebook page for  Support Local in Newton County during COVID-19 Outbreak. Local small businesses that offer essential services that are considered one of our COVID-19 resources are encouraged to post updates on this page.

It’s mandatory that we abide by the Newton County Ordinance and COVID-19 travel recommendations. As we try to calmly stay at home as much as possible to help slow the spread, we recognize that due to the nature of their jobs many people in essential business still must go to work. We are grateful for those on the front lines of defense who are doctors, hospital workers, emergency responders, grocery store clerks, pharmacy clerks, utility and sanitation workers, truckers, mail carriers, military servicemen and women, and more. Thank you.

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