What you need to know about Georgia’s shelter in place order

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Governor Brian Kemp’s latest Executive Order implements new limits on daily operations for businesses and residents as COVID-19 continues to sweep across the country. The newest restrictions are designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

It takes at 6 p.m. Friday and continues through April 13. According to the order, residents are instructed to shelter in place unless they’re conducting “essential services,” traveling to and from jobs and other exceptions.

Georgians can leave the home to buy groceries, exercise outside, purchase medical equipment, make a doctor’s appointment or work at businesses that will continue to operate.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s executive order instructing the state citizens to shelter in place from April 3-13, shuts down about 20 types of businesses.

Many of the businesses on the non-essential list are similar to the ones shut down in Columbus two weeks ago by Mayor Skip Henderson when he issued a Declaration of Emergency.

They include bars, nightclubs, gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, theaters, live-performance venues, amusement parks and restaurants.

But there is an exception for restaurants, just as there has been in Columbus. Restaurants will be allowed to do take-out and curb-side service. Dine-in facilities in hospitals, long-term care facilities and nursing homes will be allowed to continue operation.

The list also includes barber and beauty shops, body-art parlors and nail salons.

There shall be no gatherings of more than 10 people and everyone in the state and those entering Georgia must practice social distancing.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has now issued his shelter-in-place order.
It will impact more than 10 million Georgians from Friday, April 3 through April 13. 
According to the order, residents are instructed to shelter in place unless they’re conducting “essential services,” traveling to and from jobs and other exceptions.

Georgians can leave the home to buy groceries, exercise outside, purchase medical equipment, make a doctor’s appointment or work at businesses that will continue to operate.

WRBL.com has a list from the Governor’s Office of the types of businesses impacted by the order:

  • Bars
  • Nightclubs
  • Gyms
  • Fitness centers
  • Bowling alleys
  • Theaters
  • Live performance venues
  • Operators of amusement parks
  • Dine-in services at restaurants and private social clubs
    • Exceptions: Take-out; curbside pick-up; delivery; and dine-in services at hospitals, healthcare facilities, nursing homes, or other long-term care facilities
  • Estheticians (e.g., waxing, threading, eyelash extensions, cosmetic treatments)
  • Hair designers
  • Body art studios (commonly known as tattoo parlors)
  • Beauty shops and salons (including home beauty shops and salons)
  • Barber shops (including home barber shops)
  • Cosmetology schools
  • Hair design schools
  • Barbering schools
  • Esthetics schools
  • Nail care schools
  • Licensed massage therapists

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