Georgia Public Health State of Emergency and Shelter In-Place Orders extended

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, in a series of Executive Orders issued today, April 8, extended the Public Health State of Emergency through May 13, and extended the Shelter-In-Place order through April 30.

The Georgia Public Health State of Emergency, issued on March 14 and approved by a joint resolution of the Georgia General Assembly on March 16, was originally set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on April 13.


Action by the General Assembly permitted for the unilateral extension of the Order by the Governor, with no further input from the General Assembly. However, the General Assembly, by concurrent resolution, may terminate a state of emergency or disaster at any time.


Under Kemp’s action today, the State of Emergency will expire at 11:59 p.m. on May 13, “unless it is renewed by the Governor.”


Under the same Executive Order, #04.08.20.02, Kemp extended the “Shelter-In-Place Executive Order for an additional 17 days. The order which instructed residents to stay in their homes and banned visitors to private homes, as well as closing specific businesses and limiting activities for private citizens and businesses, was scheduled to expire on April 13. It will now be in effect through May 13, “unless it is renewed by the Governor.”


The expansion included a mirror expansion of the Governor’s authorization of county sheriff’s and their deputies to enforce the Order, and extended an order issued subsequent to the Shelter-In-Place order, expanding and clarifying the original restrictions of the Shelter-In-Place Order.

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