Posted on: April 2, 2020 Updated guidance for businesses eases some restrictions, implements some new measures (June 1)

Updated June 1, 2020

The state of Georgia has issued guidance for a number of businesses now allowed to reopen, from bars and nightclubs, summer camps and summer school.

Starting Monday, June 1, bars and nightclubs can reopen if they apply social distancing rules and other required actions spelled out in 39 mandatory measures. These include additional screening of workers, limiting to 25 customers or no more than 35% total occupancy, regular sanitation, only serving drinks to seated patrons, limiting tables to no more than six people, and more.

Live performance venues remain closed under Gov. Brian Kemp’s executive order.

Pro sports teams and organizations are allowed to open as of June 1, but must operate by rules and guidelines of their respective sports league. In-person sports must follow guidelines of non-critical organizations.

Summer schools will have to follow a set of 11 mandatory criteria that focus on enhancing campus sanitation, keeping students separated and other actions. Overnight summer camps are allowed if they can meet 33 criteria.

Gatherings, meanwhile, may now have as many as 25 people, up from 10, if 6 feet of space can be maintained between individuals.

Read the entirety of Kemp’s Executive Order here.

Kemp also renewed Georgia’s state of emergency for a third time, extending it by one month, from June 12 to July 12. A copy of Kemp’s executive order extending the state of emergency can be found here.

Shelter-in-place orders for elderly and health-challenged individuals remains in place through June 12, with exceptions for necessary activities.

Churches that choose to restart in-person services were urged by Kemp to follow social distancing and all other previously issued health guidelines.

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 20, 2020

While Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday announced that a number of business sectors will be allowed to open as soon as Friday, April 24, the statewide shelter in place order 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.

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.

Read more about the shelter in place order, and stipulations regarding businesses that can reopen before the order is lifted, at this link:

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