COVID-19: Reviving a Healthy Georgia
COVID-19: Reviving a Healthy Georgia
Information about Governor Kemp's plan to revive a healthy Georgia in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Following Public Health Guidelines Helps Keep Everyone Safe
On April 23, Governor Kemp began issuing a series of Executive Orders outlining guidelines for Georgians to limit the spread of COVID-19 once the Statewide Shelter in Place Order ended. Many of these guidelines will remain in place until at least June 12. To help protect the health of Georgia’s residents and businesses, you should continue to stay home as much as possible and take every precaution to limit social interaction. If you have to leave your home, you must follow the CDC’s social distancing, sanitation, and public health safety measures. This will help us maintain the progress we’ve made in our fight against COVID-19 and prevent our hospitals and health care facilities from being overwhelmed.
How To Do Your Part
Stay in your house as much as possible. There are certain exceptions. Most of these allow you to take care of essential needs and, should you choose, to engage in certain non-essential activities. You may leave your home to:
- Take care of essential needs - You may go to the grocery store, doctor’s appointments and the pharmacy. You may take your pet to the vet. When doing these things, be sure to follow public health and social distancing guidelines.
- Exercise or enjoy the outdoors - You can go outdoors to exercise, walk, bike, relax, etc., as long as you follow public health and social distancing guidelines.
- Engage in certain non-essential activities - You may go to places that have been allowed to reopen with Minimum Basic Operations, like gyms, bowling alleys, and hair salons. Minimum Basic Operations includes, but is not limited to: screening workers for fever and illness, enhancing workplace sanitation, wearing masks and gloves if appropriate, separating workspaces and patrons by 6 feet, and limiting the number of people allowed in. You may also go to the theater and church, as well as dine in a restaurant. These establishments must also follow social distancing and sanitation mandates.
- Go to work - You may go to work if your business has been allowed to operate or reopen and is following the CDC's recommended guidelines for limiting the spread of COVID-19.
- Travel with caution - Unnecessary travel is not recommended at this time. If you do need to travel, practice precautions to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19. Visit the CDC COVID-19 travel page for the most up-to-date information.
- Handle basic business needs - If your business is not among those allowed to operate or reopen, you may still go to work or travel to maintain your business's basic operational needs. Examples include processing employee payroll and benefits, managing inventory, and ensuring your workplace and equipment are secure and clean.
Essential Businesses Are Open
Businesses providing critical or essential services will remain open. This includes grocery stores, health providers, hardware stores, banks, utility providers, suppliers of essential goods, legal firms, news outlets, and nonprofits that specialize in food delivery and health services.
Additional Businesses Remain Closed
To limit in-person contact, certain businesses must remain closed until this executive order expires. This includes bars, nightclubs, amusement parks, public swimming pools, and live performance venues.
You May Not Have or Attend Large Gatherings
Unless it is related to an activity or business that meets the criteria of essential critical infrastructure, you may not have or attend gatherings of 10 or more people, and everyone must be able to stay at least 6 feet apart.
Executive Orders Are Enforceable by Law
Governor Kemp issued an executive order authorizing the Georgia State Patrol, state law enforcement officers, and sheriffs to ensure that Georgia residents, visitors, and businesses comply with the measures outlined in his executive orders. If you are found violating or not complying with the order, you can receive a warning or be charged with a misdemeanor offense.