Governor’s new executive order lifts more COVID-19 restrictions, ends shelter-in-place for seniors

Gov. Brian Kemp

Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order June 11 rolling back many of the COVID-19 restrictions in place since April, including ending the shelter-in-place mandate for those 65 and older, reopening live music venues, and permitting larger gatherings of up to 50 people.

Effective immediately, residents and visitors of Georgia who are 65 year of age or older are no longer required to shelter-in-place place unless they live in a nursing homes , longterm care facilities, or assisted living communities. The “medically fragile” (including those with lung disease, asthma, heart disease, and immunocompromised) must remain on lockdown until July 12.

Effective June 16, most restrictions are now lifted on restaurants including party size and the number of people allowed inside an eatery. Servers must wear a mask when interacting with patrons. Bars can now have 50 people  – up from 25 – or 35 percent of total listed fire capacity, whichever is greater. Salad bars and buffets must have hand sanitizer, sneeze guard, social distancing, and regularly replace shared utensils to allow patron self-service.

Also on June 16, restrictions on the number of patrons at movie theaters is lifted and walk-ins are now allowed at body art studios, barber shops, hair salons, their respective schools, massage therapy establishments, and tanning facilities subject to specific requirements.

Beginning July 1, live performance venues can reopen and conventions can resume if they meet safety guidelines. The order also establishes guidelines for resumption of amateur and professional sports leagues.

The full order can be read at this link.

The loosening of restrictions comes as Georgia shows an increase in the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus. As of Jun 11, there were 54,973 confirmed cases and the death toll stands at 2,375. Officials are concerned that the recent protests following the police-involved murder of George Floyd will cause a spike in cases. Protesters have been encouraged to get tested.

 

10 Comments
  1. What is the source for this? It’s not in the actual text of the executive order: “The “medically fragile” (including those with lung disease, asthma, heart disease, and immunocompromised) must remain on lockdown until July 12.”

  2. The extension of the shelter-in-place for the medically fragile was July 12. That date was not rescinded in Gov. Kemp’s executive order this week so remains in effect until he issues an order to end it. This might have been an oversight on their part or they might be monitoring COVID-19 cases before making a decision. We have reached out to ask the governor’s office when this might happen.

  3. The extension of the shelter-in-place for the medically fragile was July 12. That date was not rescinded in Gov. Kemp’s executive order this week so remains in effect until he issues an order to end it. This might have been an oversight on their part or they might be monitoring COVID-19 cases before making a decision. We have reached out to ask the governor’s office when this might happen.

  4. Thank you. There is much confusion about this. May I have permission to quote your response? Someone had posted your article on a Facebook page and I’d like to be able to clarify.

  5. As best I read it, the previous executive order from 5/28/20 ordered a shelter-in-place for the elderly and medically fragile that extended through June 12, 2020 (page 5 of the 5/28/20 order). This week’s executive order removed those age 65 (without complicating conditions) from the shelter-in-place order, and extended the order for the medically fragile until June 30 (page 6 of the 6/11/20 order, referring back to the expiration of the order on page 2 of the same). Can you please cite the date of the order and page where it states the shelter-in-place for the medically fragile is extended until July 12?

  6. Collin,
    Please keep me in the loop as you are able to obtain clarification from Kemp’s office. I’ll refrain from political comments. However this apparent oversight or intentional testing of the waters concerns me. Either may affect my health.
    Thank you.

  7. Looking back, I do see that the state of emergency extends to July 12, but I see nowhere that the shelter-in-place is subject to that date.

  8. Yes, it is confusing. It is possible that the governor is sunsetting the shelter-in-place for the medically fragile before July 12, but this is not indicated in his order. If I find out additional information, then I will update here.

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