Georgia’s elderly, along with citizens with a myriad of health conditions, will be required to remain homebound for an additional 30 days.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s latest COVID-19 Executive Order (EO 05.12.20.02) goes into effect on May 14, immediately on the heels of the expiration of the existing Fragile Population Shelter-In-Place Order. The provisions of the order will expire on June 12, unless extended by the governor.
“’Shelter in Place’ shall mean a person is required to remain in their home or place of residence and take every possible precaution to limit social interaction to prevent the spread or infection of COVID-19 to themselves or any other person, subject to the provisions and exceptions of this Order,” the EO states.
Citizens subject to the limited Shelter-In-Place order include a list of eight populations as defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as persons at “higher risk of severe illness.”
Those individuals who are required required to Shelter-in-Place under the EO are not allowed to received visitors at their home or place of residence. The ban on visitors will be “strictly enforced” upon nursing homes or other long-term care facilities, including inpatient hospice, assisted living communities, personal care homes, intermediate care homes, community living arrangements and community integration homes
Exceptions to the ban on visitors are as follows:
Georgia citizens, and residents to the state, who are subject to the Shelter-in-Place order per the above guidelines, are allowed to leave their homes under the following conditions:
Essential services are identified as:
Necessary travel is defined as “Such travel as is required to conduct or participate in Essential Services or Critical Infrastructure as defined by this Order.”
The term "minimum necessary activities" as identified in the third listed condition under which those mandated to shelter in place can leave their home, is not defined within the EO. The original, state-wide Shelter-in-Place Order specified a list of "Minimum Basic Operations." that could be conducted by non-Critical Infrastructure businesses. The new EO does not limit those businesses to a defined set of activities, but only requires them to adhere to a list of mandated policies and procedures.
Critical Infrastructure is defined as:
Critical Infrastructure entities that continue in-person operations must implement measures that may include the following:
In addition to those mandated measures, Critical Infrastructure entities are recommended o comply with the following non-mandatory measures:
Personal Protective Equipment is defined as: "Surgical masks, N95 masks, respirators, other face masks, protective gloves, protective clothing, protective garments and shoe coverings.:"
In the event of an emergency, all persons are “encouraged to leave their homes or residences and Shelter in Place in accordance with the rules included in this Order at a safe alternative location. Homeless individuals are “urged to obtain shelter and contact governmental and other entities for assistance.”