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RCSO: Drivers Don’t Need Traveling Papers & There are NOT Curfews or Closed Borders!


The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement today:

“On April 03, 2020 at 6:00PM, the executive order issued by Governor Brian Kemp for a shelter-in-place will go into effect and last until April 13, 2020. The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office will continue to patrol and respond to all calls as stated by Sheriff Roundtree on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in his press conference.

With this said, our office has been made aware of rumors floating around on social media in regards to the shelter-in-place order which has prompted many of our citizens to contact our office upset, scared, and confused.

Some of the rumors mentioned are as follows:

  • Drivers need “traveling papers” to go anywhere in the state of Georgia – FALSE
  • Curfews are going to be implemented and enforced  – FALSE
  • The borders are going to be closed and blocked by Deputies – FALSE

These rumors are false and unnecessary and we would urge the public to research the facts about the shelter-in-place order, many of which are published by all our local media outlets. We have also attached a handout for the Statewide Shelter-in-Place as a good reference to use.

If the public follow the guidelines for social distancing, limit unnecessary trips, not participate in panic purchasing and hoarding, it will help all of us get through this challenging period.

The Jail Report is available online at Here is the cover for the new issue:

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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