Updates on federal, state and local response to COVID-19.

A few updates on federal, state and local response to COVID-19.  

  • Statewide: Last night, Gov. Kemp held a press conference announcing a series of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus and support Georgians in need, including:
    • Closure of all bars and nightclubs, and banning all gatherings of ten or more people unless you can maintain at least six feet between people at all times. It also empowers the Department of Public Health to close any business, establishment, non-profit, or organization for noncompliance.
    • An order for isolation, quarantine, or shelter in place that covers those who live in a long-term care facility, have chronic lung disease, are undergoing cancer treatment, have a positive COVID-19 test, are suspected to have COVID-19 because of their symptoms and exposure, or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19
    • Allowing temporary licensure for graduate student nurses and those whose licenses have expired in the last five years.
    • Extending Georgia’s tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020 in accordance with the new federal tax filing deadline
    • Increasing SNAP benefits for families and the elderly

Read the full transcript here, and click here to see all executive orders. The order went into effect today at noon, and stands until April 6. For the AJC coverage of the order, click here.   

  • Atlanta: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Monday night that she signed a 14-day order directing Atlanta residents to stay inside their homes, except when performing essential activities (tasks ensuring health and safety, obtaining necessary services and supplies) or working in essential businesses.  All non-essential businesses must cease activity at facilities in Atlanta, except for minimum basic operations.  Teleworking for non-essential businesses is allowed. The exemptions to the order include essential city services and businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, laundromats, parks, the Atlanta BeltLine and restaurants serving takeout. Residents may go outdoors, to parks and on the beltline but social distancing of at least 6 ft must be maintained.   The order also prohibits public and private gatherings outside of your primary household.  Read the full order with specific definitions here
  • Savannah: This morning, Mayor Van Johnson issued an amended emergency declaration, ordering people to shelter at home and increasing restrictions on businesses. Only essential businesses will remain open, and  restaurants can only provide carry out and delivery orders. City government offices remain open but are limited to the public. Shared facilities, including hotels and motels, must practice social distancing and follow CDC cleaning guidelines. The order also prohibits public and private gatherings outside of your primary household.  Read the full order with specific definitions here

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