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FULL TEXT: Kemp’s ‘Shelter in Place’ Order

Governor Kemp’s office issued a shelter in place order for all Georgians beginning at 6:00 PM on Friday, April 3, 2020 and extending through April 13, 2020.

The order supersedes local and county ordinances enacted as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, including every ordinance enacted since March 1, 2020 if the ordinance is in any way contradictory of this order. The Governor’s order trumps each and every local act. (see page 8 below)

Under the order:

  • businesses are prohibited from allowing a gathering in a single location if the gathering requires 10 or more people to be within 6 feet of any other person
  • individuals are required to shelter in place at their residence to limit the spread of COVID-19.
    • Exceptions are made for:
      • conducting or participating in essential services
      • performing necessary travel
      • traveling to or performing minimum basic operations for a business, establishment, nonprofit, or other entity not defined as ‘critical infrastructure’
      • those part of the workforce of critical infrastructure
  • the sale of firearms and ammunition is not limited under the order.
  • No visitors for shelter in place persons are permitted except for:
    • medical, behavioral and emergency services, medical supplies and medication, and home hospice
    • visitors providing  for persons to conduct daily living
    • visitors providing food, supplies, and other equipment for home health & safety
    • visitors received during end of life circumstances.
    • This will be strictly enforced for nursing homes, assisted living facilities, long-term care facilities, hospice homes, and other community integration facilities.
  • Limited activity is permitted for:
    • obtaining necessary supplies and services for family and household members – food, medical supplies, medicine, educational information, sanitation supplies, etc
    • engaging in activities essential for the health and safety of the individual or household members
    • engaging in outdoor exercise so long as 6 feet distance between each individual is maintained.
  • Georgians are required to limit travel as required by minimum basic operations and critical infrastructure only
  • Restaurants are prohibited from offering dine-in services (take-out, curbside pick-up, and delivery only)
  • Minimum basic operations for businesses are defined as:
    • payroll, employee benefits, activity necessary to facilitate teleworking, instances where employees are working outdoors without regular contact with other persons (delivery, contractors, landscape businesses, agriculture industry)
    • A business may remain open if it is not in conflict with any other aspect of the order requiring a shutter.
  • If a business is not a critical infrastructure business, the business must:
    • screen and evaluate workers who show signs of illness – like fever, cough, and shortness of breath
    • require workers who show signs of illness to seek medical attention and not require them to attend work
    • require hand washing
    • provide personal protective equipment as available
    • prohibit gatherings
    • permit workers to take breaks and eat meals outdoors to adhere to social distancing
    • prohibit handshaking,
    • deliver intangible services wherever possible
    • implement staggered shifts as available
    • implement teleworking as possible
    • suspend the use of pinpads, PIN entry devices, and electronic signature devices.
    • increase physical space between workers and worksites
    • increase space between customers and employees
    • provide disinfectant and sanitation products for workers to clean workspace

The order, which was released at 6:20 P.M. on April 2nd, 2020, is below in its entirety.

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    NELDA SMITH

    April 2, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    THE COST OF THE HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE CURE FOR COVID-19 IS UNDER $20. PERIOD. THERE IS NO REASON FOR ANY DOCTOR NOT TO PRESCRIBE HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE TO EVERY COVID-19 PATIENT (98.9 % SUCCESS RATE) ! IT WOULDN’T HURT ANY SUFFERING FROM SINUS INFECTIONS, COLDS EITHER ! GOVERNORS WHO MAKE HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE ILLEGAL IN THEIR STATES SHOULD BE CHARGED WITH MURDER.

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