Governor Kemp Orders Statewide ‘Shelter In Place’

Mandate, which goes into effect on April 2, arrives on the heels of a similar order by Fulton County Wednesday.

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Governor Brian Kemp will soon order that Georgians “shelter in place” in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“In keeping [with] our promise to let data [and] experts guide our decisions, I announced another strategic step forward,” Kemp tweeted Wednesday.

“Tomorrow, I will sign a statewide shelter in place order. We will issue guidance soon so Georgians can prepare for the next phase in the fight against COVID-19.”

The Executive Order will be in effect until April 13.

News of Kemp’s planned order arrives on the heels of Fulton County issuing a similar mandate earlier in the day April 1.

Kemp on March 23 announced a watered-down version of the forthcoming order, only requiring the “medically fragile” to shelter in place.

Hours later, City of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms instituted a full-blown mandate requiring Atlantans to stay at home.

What Now Atlanta will update our coverage when guidelines for the Georgia Shelter-In-Place order are published.

[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.]

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak