COVID-19 RESOURCE CENTER
JUDICIAL EMERGENCY EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 12
Georgia’s statewide judicial emergency will be extended to June 12 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the state’s chief justice said Monday. This means all criminal and civil jury trials will continue to be suspended, while courts will remain open to handle critical and essential services, such as bond hearings, restraining orders and arrest warrants.
The current emergency was set to end May 13. But it needs to be extended another month to accommodate social distancing and other safety measures recommended by state and national officials.
SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER LIFTED FOR MOST GEORGIANS
Gov. Brian Kemp lifted a statewide shelter-in-place order for most of Georgia’s 10.6 million residents May 1, though he urged Georgians to stay at home when possible to contain the pandemic. The order requires elderly and "medically fragile" residents to shelter in place until June 12, and it calls for businesses to follow existing restrictions throu
He also stressed that he renewed requirements that nursing homes and long-term care facilities take aggressive steps to curb the spread of the virus until June 12. Kemp urged Georgians to wear masks in public places, though he and his top health adviser said they can be more flexible when in parks, beaches and other places where there’s room to spread out.
Like his previous orders, Kemp’s statewide mandate bars Georgia cities and counties from imposing more severe restrictions.
What happens if people or businesses don’t comply?
Those who violate the terms of the order could face misdemeanor charges. The goveror's order authorizes the sheriffs and their deputies to enforce the closure of businesses, establishments, corporations, non-profit corporations or other organizations. The sheriffs and their deputies are required to take reasonable steps to provide notice and allow a reasonable time to comply before mandating closure.
GUIDELINES FOR BUSINESSES TO REOPEN IN GEORGIA
- Screening and evaluating workers who exhibit signs of illness, such as a fever over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, cough or shortness of breath
- Requiring workers who exhibit signs of illness to not report to work or to seek medical attention
- Enhancing sanitation of the workplace as appropriate
- Requiring hand washing or sanitation by workers at appropriate places within the business location
- Providing personal protective equipment as available and appropriate to the function and location of the worker within the business location
- Prohibiting gatherings of workers during working hours
- Permitting workers to take breaks and meals outside, in their office or personal workspace, or in such other areas where proper social distancing is attainable
- Implementing teleworking for all possible workers
- Implementing staggered shifts for all possible workers
- Holding all meetings and conferences virtually, wherever possible
- Delivering intangible services remotely wherever possible
- Discouraging workers from using other workers' phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment
- Prohibiting handshaking and other unnecessary person-to-person contact in the workplace
- Placing notices that encourage hand hygiene at the entrance to the workplace and in other workplace areas where they are likely to be seen
- Suspending the use of Personal Identification Number ("PIN") pads, PIN entry devices, electronic signature capture, and any other credit card receipt signature requirements to the extent such suspension is permitted by agreements with credit card companies and credit agencies
- Enforcing social distancing of non-cohabiting persons while present on such entity's leased or owned property
- For retailers and service providers, providing for alternative points of sale outside of buildings, including curbside pick-up or delivery of products and/or services if an alternative point of sale is permitted under Georgia law
- Increasing physical space between workers and customers
- Providing disinfectant and sanitation products for workers to clean their workspace, equipment and tools
- Increasing physical space between workers' worksites to at least six (6) feet
Useful/Informative Links Regarding COVID-19
- Governor Kemp's weekly update May 11:
- DPH Georgia Department of Public Health
- CDC Main COVID-19 page: