Georgia Shelter In Place Update
R egarding the state’s plans to incrementally and safely reopen sectors of our economy, Governor Kemp made several announcements:

  • The “shelter in place” order is still active and will expire at 11:59 PM on April 30 for most Georgians. Everyone is encouraged to continue to follow CDC and DPH guidance by sheltering in place as often as they can.

  • Medically fragile and elderly Georgians should make plans to shelter in place at least through May 13 – the date Georgia’s Public Health Emergency expires.

  • Statewide, this Friday, April 24, in all jurisdictions, given the favorable data, enhanced testing, and approval of our healthcare professionals, the state will allow gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, cosmetologists, hair designers, nail care artists, estheticians, their respective schools, and massage therapists to reopen their doors. This measure allows them to undertake baseline operations that most other businesses in the state have maintained since the shelter-in-place order took effect.
  • For these entities, it will not be 'business as usual.'
  • They must adherence to Minimum Basic Operations, social distancing, and regular sanitation.
  • Minimum Basic Operations includes, but is not limited to, screening workers for fever and respiratory illness, enhancing workplace sanitation, wearing masks and gloves if appropriate, separating workspaces by at least six feet, teleworking where at all possible, and implementing staggered shifts. See the attached Executive Order for more guidelines.

  • Statewide, on Monday, April 27, in all jurisdictions, theaters, private social clubs, and restaurant dine-in services will be allowed to reopen, subject to specific social distancing and sanitation mandates.

  • Bars, nightclubs, operators of amusement park rides, and live performance venues will remain closed. In the days ahead, the state will be evaluating the data and conferring with public health officials to determine the best course of action for those establishments.

  • For places of worship, holding in-person services is allowed, but under Phase One guidelines, it must be done in accordance with strict social distancing protocols. Faith leaders are urged to continue to help us in this effort and keep their congregations safe by heeding the advice of public health officials. Of course, online, call-in, or drive-in services remain good options for religious institutions.
The announcement does not indicate a return to normal business practices for businesses mentioned, but rather it allows these businesses to resume limited operations in compliance with established guidelines. The shelter-in-place order is still in effect, and we must continue to practice social distancing.
The Georgia Chamber is encouraging businesses and communities to make fact-based decisions and stay informed on COVID-19. They will continually update their page with information and resources pertaining to the Coronavirus.

Business & Employers Best Practices
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The following best practices may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19.

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