Legal-COVID19 -Orders and Mandates

Georgia Governor Kemp’s Executive Statewide Shelter in Place Order: Effective April 3, 2020 and extended through April 30, 2020

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued a  Statewide Executive Order to Ensure a Safe and Healthy GA on Thursday, April 2.

The order became effective beginning Friday, April 3 at 6 p.m. and was originally set to expire Monday, April 13, at 11:59 p.m. However, speaking at the Georgia State Capitol Wednesday, Kemp and health officials said that COVID-19 “was hitting our state hard” and that he will be extending the order until April 30, 2020. 

All provisions of  the original Shelter in Place Order will remain in effect, the governor said.

The governor said in a video posted to Facebook. “This order maintains social distancing directives and requires residents and visitors to our state to shelter in place in their homes or place of residence.

Exceptions to the order include:

-Essential services, like buying food, supplies for household consumption, medical supplies or treatment, or engaging in outdoor exercise activities.

-Performing necessary travel.

-Performing minimum basic operations at a business.

-Working in a critical infrastructure sector.

As part of the order, restaurants and private social clubs will have to stop dine-in services. Take-out, curbside pick-up and delivery are still options.

All bars, nightclubs, gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, theaters, live performance venues, and operators of amusement rides, estheticians, hair designers, beauty shops and salons, barbershops, body art studios, cosmetology schools, barber schools, nail care schools, esthetic schools, and licensed massage therapists have been ordered to stop in-person operations and close to the public.

More guidance on the order can be found here (Shelter in Place Handout).

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