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This Day in Georgia History

October 07, 1918

Spanish Flu Precautions

Acting upon a recommendation from the U.S. Public Health Service, the Atlanta City Council declared all public gathering places closed for two months as a precautionary measure against the epidemic of Spanish influenza sweeping the nation. This ban included schools, libraries, churches, and theaters. Street cars were directed to keep all windows open - except in rain. In a precautionary move, the University of Georgia announced it was indefinitely suspending classes. North of Atlanta, Camp Gordon officials on this day ordered soldiers to sleep under the stars. By now, most soldiers and civilian employees were wearing gauze masks during the day. No one was allowed on base except close relatives, and soldiers were restricted from going to Atlanta without a special pass.

To view the report on the influenza epidemic in Georgia, see the Georgia Archives