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 August 11. 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. If you go outside your home, practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings. Take care of essential needs and, should you choose, engage in certain non-essential activities with caution.
- Can I 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, including wearing a face covering when possible.
- May I exercise and enjoy the outdoors? You can go outdoors to exercise, walk, bike, relax, etc., as long as you follow public health and social distancing guidelines.
- How can I engage in non-essential activities? You may go to places that have been allowed to reopen if they implement measures which prevent the spread of COVID-19. Restaurants, indoor movie theaters and cinemas, bars, summer camps, and other businesses that are not Critical Infrastructure are allowed to operate. These establishments must follow social distancing and sanitation mandates.
- May I 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. 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.
- Am I allowed to travel? Travel with caution and avoid unnecessary travel. If you do travel, practice precautions to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19. Visit the CDC COVID-19 travel page for the most up-to-date information.
Certain Businesses May Open
Many businesses, including those providing critical or essential services, are allowed to reopen if they follow mandatory measures which limit the spread of COVID-19. These measures may include, but are not limited to: screening and evaluating workers who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, limiting occupancy to enforce social distancing, and practicing sanitation.
Unless it is related to an activity or business that meets the criteria of essential critical infrastructure, gatherings of more than 50 people are banned unless there is at least six feet between each person.
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.