ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — With Governor Brian Kemp’s executive order for Georgians to shelter in place taking effect today at 6 p.m., you may wonder what’s allowed as you try to follow the rules.
The Executive Order itself is a nine-page document detailing the circumstances surrounding the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic with a timeline leading up to the state’s fateful order to stay at home. It reads:
That all residents and visitors of the State of Georgia are required to shelter in place within their homes or places of residence, meaning residing in their place of residence and taking every possible precaution to limit social interaction to prevent the spread of infection of COVID-19 to themselves or any other person.
While the shelter in place is in effect, the order indicates you conduct or participate in “Essential Services,” which, in a nutshell, means you can go to the grocery store, gas station, pick up or deliver food and participate in outdoor activities, as long as you stay at least six-feet away from people. You can also leave your residence for health and safety or medical emergency reasons.
The order also spells out allowable operations for businesses that provide critical or essential services to the public, including nursing homes, hospice care and food distribution, and it includes a number of employee safety guidelines for those required to work.
Business that are allowed to operate must continue to limit gatherings inside their facilities to no more than ten persons and maintain a minimum of six feet between them.
All gyms, theaters, performance venues, hair salons and other similar businesses are required to remain closed.
Homeless persons are urged to “obtain shelter and to contact governmental and other entities for assistance.”
The order states violations will result in a misdemeanor, and it urges officers to take “reasonable steps before issuing citations or making arrests.”
The executive order expires at 11:59 p.m. on April 13.