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Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday during a press conference announced plans to extend Georgia’s Shelter in Place order, originally set to expire April 13, through April 30, 2020.
All of the provisions of the original order will remain in effect, Kemp said.
The order, which can be viewed in its entirety here, requires Georgia’s 10.6 million residents to stay at home with the exception of “essential services” and for trips to the grocery store, outdoor exercise, and medical reasons like doctor visits.
Restaurants can continue to offer takeout, curbside pickup, and deliveries, but bans dine-in service.
Kemp is also extending Georgia’s public health state of emergency through May 13, 2020, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
“To ensure the health and well-being of Georgians, I will extend the public health state of emergency through May 13, 2020,” Kemp said in a prepared statement Wednesday.
“This measure will allow us to continue to deploy resources to communities in need, lend support to frontline medical providers, and keep preparing as we brace for potential patient surge in our healthcare facilities. We deeply appreciate the hard work of Georgians who are sheltering in place, using social distancing and helping us flatten the curve. We are in this fight together.”
While Kemp continues to allow Georgia’s beaches and other public parks to remain open for exercise under the order, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms took additional measures Tuesday to limit BeltLine usage.
A separate Executive Order signed Wednesday also requires the suspension of short-term vacation rentals.
Hotels, however, can continue to operate.
[Editor’s note: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is rapidly evolving as is its effect on Atlanta, and the City’s businesses and its residents. Click here for What Now Atlanta’s ongoing coverage of the crisis. For guidance and updates on the pandemic, please visit the C.D.C. website.]