Georgia’s Shelter in Place Order ends tonight

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From Staff Reports

The Shelter in Place statewide order by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp will be allowed to expire at midnight (Thursday).

Kemp, however, extended the Public Health State of Emergency until June 12 which essentially is a Shelter in Place for the elderly and those medically fragile. It was to end May 13. Fitting under this order include people 65 years or older, people living in a nursing home or long-term care facility, and people with underlying conditions (chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, severe heart disease, class III or severe obesity, and diabetes, liver disease, or kidney disease).

Last week, Kemp began to allow various businesses to re-open since the COVID-19 pandemic forced his initial Shelter In Place order in March. He extended it when it was originally set to end on April 13.

On Friday, April 24, Kemp allowed barbers, hair stylists, tattoo parlors, bowling alleys and movie theaters to go back to work. And on Monday, April 27, restaurants were allowed to begin serving meals in their dining areas. In both cases, many health and safety restrictions were put  in place in order for those businesses to reopen.

Businesses to remain closed until 11:59 p.m. on May 13, 2020, include bars and nightclubs, amusement parks, live performance venues and public swimming pools.

Kemp told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution today that he is urging Georgians to wear a mask in public places. Where there is room to space out – in outdoor areas such as parks and beaches – then people can be more flexible about wearing a mask.

Today’s midday report from the Georgia Department of Public Health indicated 26,033 positive cases of COVID-19 in Georgia to date, with 1,107 deaths and 5,110 people hospitalized. In Coweta County, 195 cases have been recorded with four deaths.

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