Governor Kemp Lifts Shelter In Place Order For Most; Social Distancing To Remain In Effect

The statewide shelter in place order for most Georgians will end tonight at midnight, per a press release from the office of Governor Kemp. Medically fragile Georgians are asked to continue to shelter in place until June 12th.

Georgia’s State of Emergency will remain in place, thus allowing the Georgia National Guard to remain active to assist nursing homes across the state.

Social Distancing guidelines will remain in effect through at least May 13th, affecting businesses and large public gatherings.

The full release is as follows:

Atlanta, GA – Today Governor Brian P. Kemp signed Executive Order 4.30.20.01 and issued the following statement:

“Tonight at 11:59 PM, the statewide shelter in place order for most Georgians will expire. However, moving forward, I am urging Georgians to continue to stay home whenever possible. I want to thank the people of our great state who heeded public health advice, afforded us time to bolster our healthcare infrastructure, and flattened the curve. We were successful in these efforts, but the fight is far from over.

“In accordance with our executive orders, businesses across the Peach State must continue to operate with strict social distancing and sanitation rules to keep customers and employees safe through May 13, 2020. Those rules vary by business type for a measured, health-driven approach.

“The health and well-being of Georgians are my top priorities, and my decisions are based on data and advice from health officials. I will do what is necessary to protect the lives – and livelihoods – of our people. I will formally extend our public health state of emergency through June 12, 2020 to continue enhanced testing across Georgia, ramp up contact tracing, and maintain effective emergency response operations in every region.

“To protect vulnerable populations, I will sign an order today requiring medically fragile and elderly Georgians to continue to shelter in place through June 12, 2020. In addition, I will order long-term care facilities – including nursing homes, personal care homes, assisted living facilities, and similar community living homes – to utilize enhanced infection control protocols, ensure safer living conditions, and protect residents and staff from coronavirus exposure.

“Together, we will defeat this virus and emerge stronger. Thank you, and God Bless.”

Click here to view a video message from the Governor.

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