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Explaining Gov. Kemp’s Executive Order

How long does Governor Kemp’s Executive Order last?
Governor Kemp’s Executive Order is effective starting at 6 PM on Friday, April 3, 2020 through 11:59 PM on Monday, April 13, 2020.
What businesses and professionals must cease in-person operations and closed to the public during this time?
Fitness centers
Bowling allies
Live performance venues
Operators of amusement parks Dine in-services at restaurants and private social clubs
Estheticians (e.g., waxing, threading, eyelash extensions, cosmetic treatments)
Hair designers
Body art studios (commonly known as tattoo parlors)
Beauty shops and salons (including home beauty shops and salons)
Barber shops (including home barber shops)
Cosmetology schools
Hair design schools
Barbering schools
Esthetics schools
Nail care schools
Licensed massage therapists
Food establishment take-out; curbside pick-up; delivery; and dine-in services at hospitals, healthcare facilities, nursing homes, or other long-term care facilities
All other entities may continue to operate subject to specific restrictions. Those restrictions vary depending on whether your entity is Critical Infrastructure.
What is Critical Infrastructure?
Critical Infrastructure: For Critical Infrastructure entities, if your business or organization will continue in-person operations, the state encourages implementation of sixteen (16) requirements.
Non-Critical Infrastructure
If your entity is not Critical Infrastructure, you shall follow the Social Distancing Rule, only engage in Minimum Basic Operations, and meet twenty (20) requirements. The Social Distancing Rule, Minimum Basic Operations, and the twenty (20) requirements.
How does the Order apply to individuals and families?
Basic Rule: All residents and visitors of Georgia are required to shelter in place in their residences from 6 PM on Friday, April 3, 2020 to 11:59 PM on Monday, April 13, 2020. “Shelter in place” means remaining in their residences and taking every possible precaution to limit social interaction to prevent the spread or infection of COVID-19.
Are there exceptions to the Basic Rule?
Yes. 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 have at least six (6) feet between people who do not live in your household.
You can go to:
The grocery store;
Medical Appointments;
The Pharmacy;
Pick-up food or have food delivered to your house;
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 that you need to stay in your house as much as possible, but we 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 the travel required for someone to conduct or participate in Essential Services, Minimum Basic Operations, or work for Critical Infrastructure.
How does this order apply to local governments?
No county or municipal government is allowed to have more than ten (10) people gathered in a single location unless there is at least six (6) feet between each person at all times. The Governor’s Order supersedes all local ordinances to the extent that they conflict and states that no local ordinance can be more restrictive or less restrictive. At this time, the Governor has deputized local law enforcement to enforce the Order.

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