ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — A shelter-in-place will go into effect at noon on March 24 for individuals considered to have an increased risk of contracting COVID-19, Governor Brian Kemp announced in a press conference today.
Kemp said the executive order applies to those in longterm health care facilities, chronic lung disease patients, those undergoing cancer treatment, people who have tested positive for COVID-19, are suspected of having it or have been exposed to it.
He said the order also closes all bars and night clubs and bans gatherings of 10 or more people, unless you can maintain six feet between people at all times.
The order expires at noon on April 6.
“These measures are intended to ensure the health and safety of Georgians across our state, and I would ask for everyone’s cooperation over the next two weeks,” he said. “They will protect the medically fragile, mitigate potential exposure in public venues, and allow the state to ramp up emergency preparedness efforts, as cases increase in each region.”
Prior to announcing the executive order, Kemp recapped the states efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus over the last couple of weeks, including school closures, the increase and delivery of testing kits and medical supplies, and efforts to secure additional facilities to address the issue of limited hospital capacities.
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