Georgia Shelter-In-Place Order, business restrictions set to expire tomorrow

Gov. Kemp to hold press briefing at 4 p.m. today.

While Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, in action taken on April 30, extended Georgia’s Public Health State of Emergency until June 12 at 11:59 p.m., a majority of the restrictions on individuals and business are set to expire just before midnight, tomorrow, May 13.

The statewide, all-population Shelter-in-Place order expired on April 30, but was replaced by a Fragile-Population Shelter-In-Place order for the elderly and for individuals with specific medical conditions. That directed Shelter-in-place order went into effect on May 1, and will expire at 11:59 p.m. tomorrow night (Wednesday, May 13), with no further Shelter-In-Place order remaining active.


With the expiration of the limited Shelter-in-Place order, social distancing and sanitation guidelines will no longer be mandatory, limits on group gatherings are lifted, and restrictions on “visitors” at the home are cancelled.


Likewise, no individual, outside those specifically under direct quarantine orders due to infection, or possible infection with the virus, is required to avoid or limit travel outside the home.


The majority of regulations on businesses – including which businesses may open, and what policies they must institute in order to conduct in-person services, will expire at 11:59 tomorrow night. Recommendations regarding wearing of face masks will be dropped also. Specific mandated closure of swimming pools, performance venues, amusement rides and bars are also lifted as of 11:59 p.m. tomorrow night.

Kemp announced Monday that he would hold a press briefing at 4 p.m. this afternoon.


ConnectLocal looks at the status of Georgia’s COVID-19 Executive Orders.

03.14.20.01 - Declaring a Public Health State of Emergency for Novel Coronavirus - Effective March 14, expires April 13 at 11:59 p.m. Extended by 04.08.20.02 until May 13 Extended by 04.30.20.01 until June 12 at 11:59 p.m.

03.16.20.01 - Closing public elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools from March 18 to March 31, 2020 Extended by 03.26.20.02 to April 24. Extended by 04.01.20.10 through the end of the 2019/20 school year.

03.20.20.02 Reducing Regulations to Assist the State’s Response to the Spread of COVID-19 - Amending regulations for physicians, telemedicine practices, building inspections, Corporate shareholder meetings, and healthcare facilities. Effective March 20 through the final termination of the Public Health State of Emergency (03.14.20.01) April 13 at 11:59 p.m Extended by 04.08.20.02 until May 13 Extended by 04.27.20.01 until 90 days after the expiration of the Public Health State of Emergency

03.23.20.01 - Limiting large gatherings statewide, ordering "shelter in place" for specific populations, and closing bars and nightclubs in Georgia for fourteen days

Fragile population shelter-in-place order; bars shall close and remain closed for duration of order.

No business (etc) shall allow more than 10 people to gather at a single location IF such a gathering requires persons to stand or be seated within six feet of any other person.

Effective 12:00 P.m. on Tuesday, march 24 and expiring at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, April 6 Repealed by 04.02.20.01 on April 2

03.24.20.01- Reducing restrictions for Child Care Learning Centers and Family Child Learning Homes to assist in the State's response to COVID-19. Effective March 24, through the final termination of the Public Health State of Emergency (03.14.20.01) . April 13 at 11:59 p.m Extended by 04.08.20.02 until May 13 extended by 04.30.20.01 until June 12 at 11:59 p.m.

03.25.20.01- Regarding Georgia driver’s licenses and identification cards, ignition interlock device requirements, etc. Effective March 25, through the final termination of the Public Health State of Emergency (03.14.20.01) . April 13 at 11:59 p.m Extended by 04.08.20.02 until May 13 extended by 04.30.20.01 until June 12 at 11:59 p.m.


03.26.20.02 - Closing public elementary and secondary schools through April 24, 2020 to stop the spread of COVID-19 – Extending order 03.16.20.01 Effective March 26 – to April 24.Extended by 04.01.20.10 through the end of the 2019-20 school year.


03.26.20.01 - Regarding unemployment insurance claims to assist in the State’s response to COVID-19. Amending unemployment rules, regulations and restrictions. Effective March 26 through the final termination of the Public Health State of Emergency (03.14.20.01) . April 13 at 11:59 p.m Extended by 04.08.20.02 until May 13 extended by 04.30.20.01 until June 12 at 11:59 p.m.

03.27.20.02 - Authorizing the State Board of Education to waive certain state rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and provisions to assist in the State's response to COVID-19 Effective March 27 through the final termination of the Public Health State of Emergency (03.14.20.01) . April 13 at 11:59 p.m Extended by 04.08.20.02 until May 13 extended by 04.30.20.01 until June 12 at 11:59 p.m.

03.30.20.02 - Amending Executive Order 03.20.20.02 to allow for the use of "private professional provider[s]" to conduct required plan reviews or inspections - Amending Plan review and inspection regulations. Effective March 30 through the final termination of the Public Health State of Emergency (03.14.20.01) . April 13 at 11:59 p.m Extended by 04.08.20.02 until May 13 extended by 04.30.20.01 until June 12 at 11:59 p.m.

03.31.20.04 - Providing pharmacy technicians and pharmacists with options for handling the computer-based processing of prescriptions during the COVID-19 Public Health State of Emergency. Amending regulations regarding pharmacies . Effective March 31 through the final termination of the Public Health State of Emergency (03.14.20.01) . April 13 at 11:59 p.m Extended by 04.08.20.02 until May 13 extended by 04.30.20.01 until June 12 at 11:59 p.m.

03.31.20.03 - Directing the Commissioner of Revenue to implement waivers related to Conservation Use Value Assessment and Forest Land Use Protection Act applications during the COVID-19 Public Health State of Emergency . Amending revenue protocols and regulations. Effective March 31 through the final termination of the Public Health State of Emergency (03.14.20.01) . April 13 at 11:59 p.m Extended by 04.08.20.02 until May 13 extended by 04.30.20.01 until June 12 at 11:59 p.m.

03.31.20.02 - Authorizing the State Treasurer to act as “prudent investor” during the COVID-19 Public Health State of Emergency Effective March 31 through the final termination of the Public Health State of Emergency (03.14.20.01) . April 13 at 11:59 p.m Extended by 04.08.20.02 until May 13 extended by 04.30.20.01 until June 12 at 11:59 p.m.

03.31.20.01 - Authorizing the use of real-time audio-visual communication technology to assist in notarizing real estate documents. Effective March 31through the final termination of the Public Health State of Emergency (03.14.20.01) . April 13 at 11:59 p.m Extended by 04.08.20.02 until May 13.. Extended by 04.30.20.01 until June 12 at 11:59 p.m.

04.01.20.01 - Closing public elementary and secondary schools through the end of the 2019-2020 school year to stop the spread of COVID-19. Effective April 1 through the end of the 2019-20 school year. Extended by 04.01.20.10 through the end of the 2019-20 school year.


04.02.20.01 - Issuing a statewide shelter in place to stop the spread of COVID-19

Order replaces 03.23.20.01. Accompanying orders 04.03.20.01 Authorizing sheriffs to enforce the provisions, and 04.03.20.02 Expanding the definition of Essential Services and clarifying enforcement provisions. Effective April 3, expires 11:59 p.m. April 13 Extended by 04.08.20.02 until April 30. Expired April 30.

04.08.20.05 - Calling up additional Georgia National Guard troops to assist in the state’s response to COVID-19 Effective April 8 and expiring May 13.

04.08.20.04 - Regarding the suspension of short-term rentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Effective April 9, expires April 30 at 11:59 p.m. Extended by 04.23.20.02 until 11:59 p.m. until May 13 Cancelled as of April 30 by order 04.27.20.01.

04.08.20.03 - Ensuring the safety of employees and residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities in response to COVID-19. Effective April 10 and expiring 11:59 P.m. on April 30.

04.09.20.01 - Temporarily Allowing Remote Notarization and Attestation of documents during the COVID-19 Public Health State of Emergency . Effective April 9 through the final termination of the Public Health State of Emergency (03.14.20.01) .on May 13 extended by 04.30.20.01 until June 12 at 11:59 p.m.

04.13.20.02 - Regarding the use of face masks/coverings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Suspending law against masks for the purpose of COVID-19 response. Effective April 13 through the final termination of the Public Health State of Emergency (03.14.20.01) .on May 13 extended by 04.30.20.01 until June 12 at 11:59 p.m.

04.20.20.02 - Regarding the Peace Officers Standards and Training Council certification of jail officers and juvenile correctional officers. Suspension of POST certification retirements. Effective Aril 20 through the final termination of the Public Health State of Emergency (03.14.20.01) .on May 13 extended by 04.30.20.01 until June 12 at 11:59 p.m.

04.20.20.01 - Providing flexibility for healthcare practices, moving certain businesses to minimum operations, and providing for emergency response.

Instructing all medical facilities that chose to suspend business to re-open for service, “as

Department of Public health authorized to “employ whatever means may be at its disposal to overcome this emergency” State Health officer authorized to select COVID-19 screenings and testing and enforce uniform testing requirements. Authorizing State Health Officer to have direction over Adjutant General of National Guard. Exempting state workers from liability for actions taken pursuant to GDPH or SHO directives. Effective April 20, through the final termination of the Public Health State of Emergency (03.14.20.01), on May 13 extended by 04.30.20.01 until June 12 at 11:59 p.m.

04.23.20.02 - Providing guidance for reviving a healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19.

  • All residents and visitors shall practice social distancing and refrain from gathering “as defined herein”

  • All residents and visitors “strongly encouraged to wear face coverings as practicable while outside their homes, except when eating, drinking or exercising outdoors.

  • All residents and visitors shall practice sanitation

  • No business (etc.) shall allow gatherings.of more than 10 people if people are required to stand or be seated within 6 feet or another person, unless transitory or incidental.

  • Extends 04.08.20.04 until 11:59 p.m. May 13.

  • All Fragile population residents, including the elderly and those with specified diseases or immune-comprised must shelter in place under the mandates of the statewide shelter in place order (04.02.20.01). All other residents are no longer required to shelter in place.

  • Effective Monday, April 27, restaurants and social clubs may resume dine-in services with specified measures.

  • All critical infrastructures businesses can continue operation with certain measures

  • All non-critical infrastructure businesses may operate with certain measures

  • Swimming pools, performance venues, amusement rides and bars shall not engage in in person operations and shall remain closed to the public while the order is in effect.

  • Industry specific mandates for social distancing and cleanliness

Effective April 23, expires May 13 at 11:59 p.m.

04.27.20.01 -Providing additional guidance for food service establishments, bowling alleys, and theaters in response to COVID-19 . Bowling alleys, indoor theaters and cinemas allowed to reopen in-person services immediately. Effective April 27


04.30.20.01 - Renewing the Public Health State of Emergency issued on March 14 and renewed on April 8 to assist with the state's response to COVID-19. Extending Public Health State of Emergency (03.14.20.01) until June 12 at 11:59 p.m.


05.08.20.01 - Temporarily extending the thirty-day renewal requirement for Georgia Weapons Carry Licenses. Requirements for renewals of weapons carry licenses to be applied for within 30 days of the expiration of licenses, is suspended for licenses and renewals which expire between Feb. 13 and June 12. Effective May 8

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