City Issues Emergency Declaration/Shelter in Place Order

March 25, 2020
City Council Unanimously Votes to Authorize Mayor to Sign Declaration/Order
In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), Canton City Council held an Emergency Meeting by teleconference on Wednesday, March 25 at 1 p.m. and voted unanimously to authorize Mayor Bill Grant to sign an Emergency Declaration which includes a Shelter in Place Order.

"The citizens have overwhelmingly asked the Council to look out for their interests during this pandemic," stated Mayor Bill Grant. "This declaration and shelter in place order looks out for those residents and encourages all citizens to stay at home unless they have to get out for essential needs."

A copy of the Emergency Declaration and Shelter in Place Order is available HERE.

What does a Shelter in Place Order Do?
The shelter-in-place order means everyone should remain in their homes except when traveling to locations outlined in the Declaration. People can travel to work, or the grocery store, to exercise or to an essential business. Please review section 10 (a).

Is the City of Canton under a curfew?

Do I need a pass or some form of permission to go to work, operate my essential business, or do what is allowed in the declaration?

Can restaurants stay open?
Restaurants are allowed to stay open provided that they are offering take out or delivery services, though dining inside restaurants or at outdoor patio areas of that property is strictly prohibited.

Can I leave my home to care for a relative in a different household?
Yes, you may travel from your home to the household of another family member to assist in their healthcare.

What are essential businesses?
The list of essential businesses is located here under section 10.

May I go out and exercise?
The City of Canton parks and trails are open for public use and may be used for exercise as long as guests follow CDC guidelines on social distancing and spacing of at least six feet. City of Canton playgrounds, ball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, and athletic fields are closed. Any activity of more than 10 people is in violation of the Executive Order of the Governor.

How can I pay my utility bill, citation or business license renewal?
Utility Customers for the City of Canton (water, wastewater, stormwater and sanitation), individuals that need to pay a citation through Municipal Court, or need to pay a business license renewal may pay bills online HERE. The City of Canton is waiving penalties and late fees on utility payments and is not performing disconnects through April 30. If you need an extension on a business license renewal, please email

What if I have additional questions?
If you still have questions, please email the City Manager at
Press inquiries to City of Canton
Billy Peppers, City Manager

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