New Shelter-In-Place Executive Order set to start on May 1

Only those deemed “at-risk” for COVID-19 will be required to Shelter in Place from May 1 to May 13. At-risk populations include age-related factors, several medical conditions, and immunosuppressed individuals, potentially including those who smoke or are obese.

The current Shelter-In-Place Executive Order, applicable to all citizens, will expire on April 30. In Executive Oder, Kemp puts in place a limited Shelter-In-Place order to commence as soon as the current order expires. The new order continues the directive for all citizens to practice social distancing and good hygiene. The Order contains essentially the same Shelter-in-Place guidelines as the current Order, with restrictions on travel, work and socialization, but under the new Executive Order, those Shelter-in-Place guidelines and restrictions will apply only to at-risk populations.

All residents and visitors who meet the following criteria for higher risk of severe illness as defined by the CDC will be required to continue sheltering in place within their homes or places of residences when the current Shelter-in-Place Executive Order expires on May 1, and must continue to follow the specified guidelines and mandates until May 13, unless the Order is rescinded or extended by Trump.

  • Persons who are 65 years of age or older

  • Persons who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility, including inpatient hospice, assisted living communities, personal care homes, intermediate care homes, community living arrangements, and community integration homes.

  • Those persons who have chronic lung disease

  • Those persons who have moderate to severe asthma

  • Those persons who have severe heart disease

  • Those persons who are immunocompromised. Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiency, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medication.

  • Those persons of any age, with class iI or severe obesity. (Class I obesity: BMI = 30 to 34.9; Class II obesity: BMI = 35 to 39.9; Class III (severe) obesity: BMI 40 or higher.

  • Those persons diagnosed with the following underlying medical conditions: diabetes, liver disease, and persons with chronic kidney diseases undergoing dialysis.

Persons required to shelter in place shall be permitted to engage in the following activities

  • Conducting or participating in Essential Services

  • Performing Necessary Travel

  • Engaging In the performance of or travel to and from the performance of minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of a business, establishments, corporations, non-profit corporations, or organizations not classified as Critical Infrastructure; or

  • Working in or for Critical Infrastructure and are actively engaged in the performance of, or travel to and from their respective employment.

Persons required to shelter in place shall not receive visitors, except as follows

  • Visitors providing medical, behavioral health, or emergency services or medical supplies or medication, including home hospice;

  • Visitors providing support for the person to conduct activities of daily living or instrumental activities of daily living;

  • Visitors providing necessary supplies and services, such as food and supplies for household consumption and use, supplies and equipment needed to work form home, and products needed to maintain safety, sanitation, and essential maintenance of the home or residence; or

  • Visitors received during end-of-life circumstances.

Provisions against visitors will be strictly enforced against nursing homes and other long term care facilities, including inpatient hospice, assisted living communities, personal care homes, intermediate care homes, community living arrangements and community integration homes.

These mandates will be effective from 12 a.m. on May 1 until 11:59 p.m. on May 13 unless altered by Gov. Kemp.

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