At a 5:00 press conference Monday afternoon, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued an order to close all bars and nightclubs in the state, as well as ban all gatherings of 10 or more people-unless a distance of six feet between people can be maintained at all times.
The Department of Public Health will be empowered to close any business or establishment, non-profit or organization for non-compliance. These measures were developed using guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Public Health.
“I will be issuing an executive order requiring the Department of Public Health require certain individuals with an increased risk of complications from COVID-19 to isolate, quarantine or shelter in place at a minimum. This order for isolation, quarantine or shelter-in-place covers those who are living in long-term care facilities, have chronic lung disease or are undergoing cancer treatment, have a positive COVID-19 test or are suspected to have COVID-19 because of their symptoms and exposure, or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19. The Department of Public Health will promulgate rules and regulations to implement this order and define how these individuals can access essential services and receive visitors if there’s an end of life circumstance.”Georgia Governor Brian Kemp
This order will go in effect at 12 noon tomorrow and will expire at 12 noon on Monday, April 6th 2020.