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Posted on: April 2, 2020

Kemp extends some state-issued restrictions, eases others (updated May 13)

Gov. Brian Kemp Executive Order Poster 1 (Shelter In Place) Released May 1, 2020

Updated May 13, 2020

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp expanded Tuesday the expiration date on a number of previously issued provisions while easing several others.

Remaining closed under the order are bars, nightclubs and live event venues. They shall remain closed through May 31 under the executive order, under which most provisions are effective from May 14 until 11:59 p.m. May 31.

Read the 30-page executive order by clicking here.

Here are highlights of how the May 12 executive order affects Georgians:

Restaurants and Other Businesses

Restaurants can expand operations, if they choose, to be able to allow 10 patrons per 300 square feet of public space. In calculating public space, restaurants may count waiting and bar areas, patios and any outdoor eating space, but may not include hallways, restrooms, or spaces closed to patrons. Furthermore, dining tables may now able to accommodate as many as 10 people, up from the previously mandated limit of six people.

For gyms and fitness centers, minor revisions have been made to mandatory criteria to allow for enhanced flexibility, but strict social distancing and sanitation rules still apply across the board.

Any establishment that had been allowed to re-open under previous issued executive order must continue to adhere to previously issued regulations in order to mitigate the exposure and spread of COVID-19. Mandatory restrictions for sanitation and social distancing remain in place for all non-critical infrastructure businesses, and for recently reopened businesses, industry-specific restrictions remain in place through the end of May.

The General Public

Social distancing should be practiced by all residents and visitors to the state, while refraining from gathering in groups of 10 or more people unless 6 feet of space or more can be maintained between persons.

No businesses, corporations, nonprofits, organization, or county or municipal governments shall allow gatherings of persons. This affects operations of the City of Powder Springs, effectively banning in-person meetings of the City Council and other boards as well as the closure of public spaces.

The wearing of face coverings by people when outside the home remains encouraged.

The previously issued shelter-in-place order for medically fragile and elderly Georgians remains in place until June 12, 2020.

Summer Camps and Daycares

Summer camps are allowed to operate if they are able to meet nearly three dozen measures mandated in the order, while childcare facilities can operate if they meet their own set of standards outlined in the order along with previously issued safety measures that apply to other establishments. These mandates are contained in the executive order, which can be read here.

This new Executive Order increases the number of people allowed in a single classroom of a childcare facility from 10 to 20 people so long as staff-to-children ratios set by the Department of Early Care and Learning are also maintained.

As all of these mandates come from the state, questions regarding them should be directed to the governor’s office and related state offices.

The Office of the Governor, Brian Kemp

  • Constituent Services: 404-656-1776

Georgia Department of Economic Development

  • 404-962-4000
  • 800-255-0056 – For Hearing Impaired

Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency

  • 404-635-7000
  • 800-TRYGEMA (800-879-4362)

For any enforcement issues, please contact the Georgia Department of Public Safety/Georgia State Patrol

  • 404-624-7700


May 1, 2020

The Office of Gov. Brian P. Kemp on Friday released a series of six posters that spell out who must shelter in place through June 12, 2020; basic rules for businesses which were previously closed or remain closed; further details on the large gatherings ban and exceptions to that ban; and minimum criteria businesses must meet in order to continue in-person operations. 

Gov. Brian Kemp Executive Order Poster 1 (Shelter In Place) Released May 1, 2020

Click here to open the six-page PDF containing all six informational posters.


April 30, 2020

Georgia’s statewide shelter-in-place order will end effective 11:59 p.m. Thursday, April 30, for most Georgians, though Gov. Brian Kemp is urging residents to continue to stay home whenever possible.

But Kemp in an executive order signed Thursday extended an existing shelter-in-place order for medically fragile and elderly Georgians until June 12, 2020. It had been set to expire on May 13.

Businesses must still adhere to previously issued “strict social distancing and sanitation rules” through May 13. 

The entirety of Kemp’s order, which extends Georgia’s state of emergency through June 12, can be found here.

April 29, 2020

On Monday, April 27, 2020, Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order that will end as previously scheduled the ban on short-term property rentals at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, April 30.

April 23, 2020

The office of Gov. Brian Kemp  on Thursday evening released a FAQ on his recent executive order allowing certain businesses to reopen, as well as a new executive order detailing  requirements for those businesses that will be allowed to reopen.

FAQ on Gov. Kemp’s April 20, 2020, executive order

Gov. Brian Kemp’s 26-page executive order from April 23, 2020

For barber and cosmetology salons and shops choosing to open on Friday, April 24, the Georgia State Board of Cosmetologists and Barbers has recommended strict guidelines in order to protect the safety of clients and employees:

Safety Guidelines for reopening Barber and Cosmetology Salons (Retrieved April 23 from the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers website)


April 20, 2020

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday announced that a number of business sectors will be allowed to open before the end of April.

The statewide shelter in place order, however, remains active and expires at 11:59 p.m. on April 30 for most Georgians. Residents and visitors to the state are urged everyone to continue to follow state and federal guidance by sheltering in place as often as possible.

Allowed to reopen on Friday, April 24, are gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, cosmetologists, hair designers, nail-care artists, aestheticians, their respective schools and massage therapists under “Minimum Basic Operations.”

Required measures these businesses will have to implement include, but are not limited to, screening workers for fever and respiratory illnesses, enhancing workplace sanitation, wearing masks and gloves if appropriate, separating workspaces by 6 feet or more, teleworking if possible and implementing staggered shifts. A list of 20 requirements are included in the governor’s executive order, which can be found here and also linked below.

Subject to specific social distancing and sanitation mandates, which will be announced in the coming days by state officials, theaters, private social club and restaurant dine-in services will be allowed to reopen on Monday, April 27.

Remaining closed will be bars, nightclubs, operators of amusement park rides and live performance venues.

Follow this link for the entire executive order: Gov. Brian Kemp’s executive order dated April 20, 2020, allowing certain businesses to resume minimum operations, and more (PDF) 

Contact information for the Governor’s office and other state agencies that have jurisdiction and can answer questions from business owners and residents:

The Office of the Governor, Brian Kemp

  • Constituent Services: 404-656-1776

Georgia Department of Economic Development

  • 404-962-4000
  • 800-255-0056 – For Hearing Impaired

Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency

  • 404-635-7000
  • 800-TRYGEMA (800-879-4362)

For any enforcement issues, please contact the Georgia Department of Public Safety/Georgia State Patrol

  • 404-624-7700



April 8, 2020

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp extended the statewide shelter-in-place order through April 30, 2020. All of the provisions of the statewide order will remain in effect. 

An additional order signed by Kemp on April 8 mandates that no vacation rental shall occur in Georgia starting at midnight Wednesday, April 8, through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 30. The term "vacation rental" means any transaction to lease or license residential property for residential or vacation purposes, facilitated by a third party or broker for 30 days or less between a corporation, partnership, person, or other entity and a private person.

The order does not include hotels, including extended stay hotels, motels, campgrounds, or purely commercial transactions. The order also does not include any vacation rental that has been fully paid and executed or agreed to before 12 a.m. on Thursday, April 9. It also does not apply to leases for property to be used as someone’s primary place of residence.

Contact information for the Governor’s office and state agencies mentioned in the executive orders that have jurisdiction and can answer questions from business owners and residents.  

  • The Office of the Governor, Brian Kemp
    • Constituent Services: 404-656-1776
  • Georgia Department of Economic Development
    • 404-962-4000
    • 800-255-0056 – For Hearing Impaired
  • Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency
    • 404-635-7000
    • 800-TRYGEMA (800-879-4362)
  • For any enforcement issues, please contact the Georgia Department of Public Safety/Georgia State Patrol
    • 404-6247700

Gov. Brian Kemp on Friday, April 3, authorized sheriffs to enforce the provisions of the April 2 Executive Order involving businesses, establishments, for-profit corporations, non-profit corporations and organizations. Click the link below to read in its entirety the order authorizing this.

Gov. Brian Kemp’s Executive Order 04.03.20.01, Authorizing sheriffs to enforce the provisions of Executive Order 04.02.20.01 involving businesses, establishments, for-profit corporations, non-profit corporations, and organizations (PDF)


All residents and visitors of Georgia are required to shelter in place in their residences from 6 p.m. Friday, April 3, to 11:59 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2020. “Shelter in place” means remaining in their residences and taking every precaution to limit social interaction to prevent the spread or infection of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

A resident or visitor of Georgia is not required to shelter in place if they are:

  1. Engaging in Essential Services
  2. Working in Critical Infrastructure
  3. Engaging in Minimum Basic Operations
  4. Performing Necessary Travel

Essential Services means obtaining necessary supplies and services for your household, engaging in activities essential for the health and safety of your household, and engaging in outdoor exercise activities so long as you maintain at least 6 feet between people who do not live in your household.

You can go to the grocery store, medical appointments and the pharmacy. You can go pick up food or have food delivered to your house. You can leave your house to buy supplies to clean or maintain your house. You can go outside to exercise. You can also leave your house in an emergency.

The key takeaway is you need to stay in your house as much as possible, but state officials recognize there are circumstances when you will need to leave. Keep those circumstances rare, consolidate trips as much as possible, and use take-out, curbside pick-up and delivery services whenever possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Necessary Travel means travel required for someone to conduct or participate in Essential Services, Minimum Basic Operations or work for Critical Infrastructure.

The governor’s order supersedes all local ordinances to the extent they conflict and states that no local ordinances can be more restrictive or less restrictive.

At this time, the governor is not deputizing local law enforcement to enforce the statewide order. State law enforcement with P.O.S.T. certification will be charged with enforcement.

Click on the links below to view the entire Executive Order and the state’s Guidance Handout on the Statewide Shelter in Place.

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