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Kemp Reiterates That Georgians Do Not Need ‘Papers’ To Travel During Shelter in Place

“We have received recent reports of law enforcement stopping people to ask for a letter authorizing their travel,” Kemp said in a news release addressing how essential workers do not need papers authorizing travel to and from work.

Governor Brian Kemp and Amy M. Jacobs, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, issued a joint statement Wednesday afternoon in response to concerns about essential workers getting to and from licensed childcare facilities.

“On Thursday, April 2, 2020, the Executive Order to Ensure a Safe & Healthy Georgia – commonly called the shelter-in-place order – was issued. The order became effective beginning Friday, April 3 at 6:00 PM and is set to expire Monday, April 13 at 11:59 PM. This order allows all licensed childcare facilities to remain open subject to certain restrictions, including social distancing and sanitation.

“We have received recent reports of law enforcement stopping people to ask for a letter authorizing their travel. The Executive Order to Ensure a Safe & Healthy Georgia does not require any worker to carry an authorization letter on Georgia’s roads. As a result, the order allows for any necessary travel by workers and families to and from a childcare facility during this public health emergency.

“Parents with children in private childcare represent Georgia’s hardworking families with jobs that are critical to supporting themselves and the larger community. Essential workers such as nurses, doctors, first responders, and state and municipal employees rely on childcare to allow them to perform the critical functions so desperately needed in a public health emergency. From the fireman to the stocker at the grocery store, without access to quality, licensed childcare, many of these workers would be forced to stay home, putting further stress on the system responding to this pandemic.

“Continuing to work closely with the Governor’s Office, Georgia Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DECAL is prepared to lead our state’s efforts in assisting our youngest children and their families through this unprecedented time. We will continue partnering with the childcare industry and advocates of early childhood education to creatively address the challenges we face now and the new challenges that will emerge going forward.”

Jessica Szilagyi is a former Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com.

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  1. NELDA SMITH

    April 9, 2020 at 8:47 am

    OFFICERS STOPPING CITIZENS AND ASKING FOR A LETTER AUTHORIZING TRAVEL? THAT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND LAWSUIT MATERIAL. THESE OFFICERS AS WELL AS THEIR SUPERIORS SHOULD BE FIRED..

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