Executive Orders

Executive Order 07.31.02.01 – extends the Public Health State of Emergency through 11:59 pm on September 10.  It “allows for enhanced coordination across government and the private sector for supply procurement, comprehensive testing and healthcare capacity.”  Executive Order 07.31.20.02 continues to require social distancing, bans gathering of more than 50 people unless there is six feet between each person, outlines mandatory criteria for businesses and requires sheltering in place for those living in long-term care facilities and the medically fragile, among other provisions.

Executive Order – 7.15.20.01 – The governor extends guidelines for social distancing, gatherings and business operations through July 31st.  

Other items of note include:

  • School boards can require face masks and districts may reduce or move students to more open spaces and should ensure ventilation systems are working properly.
  • Suspends all mask mandates by local governments 

Read full order here. 

Executive Order06.29.20.02The governor extends the public health state of emergency until August 11th and extends guidelines for social distancing, gatherings, and business operations through July 15th.

Items of note include:

  • Schools – the order outlines that the State Board of Education must provide “rules, regulations, and guidance for the operation of public elementary and secondary schools for local boards of education” in accordance with guidance from Dr. Kathleen Toomey, DPH and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Continues to ban gatherings of more than fifty people unless there is six feet between each person, outlines criteria for business and requires sheltering in place for those living in long-term care facilities and the medically fragile.  The order runs through July 15th. 

Please click on order for full details. 

Executive Order June 11, 2020-  Items of note include: 

  • Sports: Effective June 16, professional sports teams and organizations must follow the rules and guidelines set by their respective leagues. High school and collegiate teams and organizations must follow the rules and guidelines set by their applicable conferences or associations. Amateur sports teams and organizations must follow the criteria for non-critical infrastructure entities outlined in the order.
  • Sheltering in Place: Effective immediately, residents and visitors of Georgia who are sixty-five years of age or older are no longer required to shelter in place unless they meet certain groups outlines by the executive order.
  • Gatherings: Effective June 16, gatherings of more than fifty people are banned unless there is at least six feet between each person. This rule does not apply to critical infrastructure entities, incidental or transitory groupings, or cohabitating individuals.
  • Drinking and Eating (effective June 16): In restaurants and dining rooms, there is no longer a party maximum for the number of people who can sit together. There is no longer a limit on the number of patrons allowed per square foot. 
  • Live Performance Venues: Effective July 1, a “live performance venue” may reopen for business if it complies with specific criteria based on whether it is designated Tier I, II, or III.
  • Effective June 16: At indoor movie theaters and cinemas, there is no longer a limit on the number of people who may sit together in a party. Walk-ins are now allowed at body art studios, barber shops, hair salons, their respective schools, massage therapy establishments, and tanning facilities subject to specific requirements.

Please view order for full details.

Executive Order May 28, 2020– Items of note include:

  • Public health state of emergency extended to 11:59 pm on July 12.
  • All Georgians and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings in public.
  • Starting June 1, gatherings of more than 25 people in a single location are allowed if you have at least 6 feet between each person.
  • Starting June 1, bars and nightclubs can decide to open if they comply with 38 specific criteria for reopening. (See page 19).
  • Banquet facilities, private event facilities, and private reception venues have been added to same category as restaurants and have clear directives.

Please review complete order for full details.

Executive Order May 12, 2020 – Providing additional guidance for reviving a healthy Georgia.

A few relevant highlights

  • Live performances venues, bars and nightclubs closed through May 31st. 
  • Gatherings of no more than 10 people remain banned.
  • Childcare Facility can increase the number of people allowed in a single classroom from 10 to 20 as long as staff to children ratios are maintained.
  • Summer Day Camps may begin May 14th as long as they follow 32 requirements.
  • New provisions for gyms and fitness centers opening but must follow strict social distancing and sanitation rules.
  • Restaurants may now allow 10 patrons per 300 square feet and party size increased to 10 people per table. 

Executive Order April 27 2020 Additional guidance for Food Service Establishments, Bowling Alleys, and Theaters

Executive Order April 23 2020 Guidance for reviving a healthy Georgia in response to COVID. 

Executive Order 4/20/2020 -Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issues order which will allow gyms, salons and some other indoor facilities (nail salons, massage therapists) closed under the shelter in place order to resume operations Friday and maintain “minimum basic operations” as long as they comply with social distancing requirements and following prescribed guidelines.

Restaurants will be allowed to be open with dine in operations with restrictions and following the same prescribed guidelines on April 27.

Within the order were 20 measures for businesses to implement to mitigate the spread of COVID- 19 as well as definitions of minimum basic operations.  Read full order here.