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Governor’s Statewide Executive Order for Statewide Shelter-in-Place & Business Restrictions

UPDATE: 30-page May 12 Executive Order from Governor provides updated information about shelter-in-place and business requirements. Read a PDF of the order.

Updated May 12 - 8:00 p.m.

Some notes:

  • Provisions in the order are effective through May 31.
  • Bars, nightclubs, operators of amusement park rides, and live performance venues will remain closed through May 31.
  • Those are higher risk of severe illness as defined in the order are required to Shelter-in-Place within homes or residences through June 12.
  • For restaurants and dining services, allowing no more than 10 patrons per 300 square feet and requiring 39 different measures.
  • Critical Infrastructure shall implement measures to mitigate exposure and spread of COVID-19, which may include 17 measures in the order.
  • Businesses that continue in-person operations that are not Critical Infrastructure shall implement 22 measures to help prevent the exposure and spread of COVID-19 and should implement 3 additional measures if practicable.
    • Food establishments shall also implement 6 additional measures to the 22 measures for businesses above, as well as additional measures, which may include 13 measures mentioned in the order.
    • Gyms and fitness centers shall also implement 19 additional measures in addition to the 22 measures mentioned above.
    • Body art studios, estheticians, hair designers, persons licensed to practice massage therapy, and tanning facilities shall also implement an additional 13 measures to the 22 mentioned above.
    • Indoor movie theatres and cinemas shall also implement 8 additional measures to the 22 mentioned above.
    • Bowling alleys shall also implement 11 additional measures to the 22 mentioned above.
  • Persons working outdoors without regular contact with other persons, such as delivery services, contractors, landscape businesses, and agricultural industry services shall only be required to practice Social Distancing and implement sanitation processes in the guidelines issued by the CDC.
  • References to guidelines for healthcare industry, including dental practices and clinics, licensed optometrists, licensed opticians, and ambulatory surgical centers.
  • Child care learning centers and family child learning homes under the jurisdiction of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) allows 20 persons to gather with DECAL staff-child ratios and shall also implement an additional 13 measures to the 22 mentioned above.
  • Summer camps cannot host campers overnight until authorized by the Georgia Department of Public Health. Summer camps shall also implement an additional 33 measures to the 22 mentioned above.

While the statewide order is in effect, all local ordinances that are more restrictive or less restrictive than the statewide order are suspended.

Coronavirus Tip Line

Reporting Gatherings/Businesses Not Following Ordinance Guidelines

There are two ways to report concerns about gatherings and businesses related to the declaration of a local emergency ordinance and the shelter-in-place and business requirements through the anonymous tip line.

Please include a short description of what the business is doing to violate the ordinance, and an address if you have it. 

By Text:

  • Text the following (without quotes, but with the spaces) "Tip COVIDACC [message, business name and other details]" to 888777.
  • You will receive a reply with a password to login and provide additional information or images if necessary.
  • See image for a test example.

By Web/Online:

Use the button linked below.

212 Positive Cases Confirmed in Athens-Clarke County, 13 Deaths

May 22 - 5:38 p.m.

The state Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) case tracker (https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report) confirms 212 positive cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), including 13 deaths, in Athens-Clarke County as of 1:00 p.m. on May 22.

The 13 people who have died were ages 60-98. Eleven of those deaths occurred at a long-term care facility during March and April. For a daily report on long-term health care facilities in the state, visit the Georgia Department of Community Health’s website at dch.georgia.gov.

Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 and should always consult their healthcare provider if they are sick. Long-term care facilities, nursing homes, and congregate living settings for older people must strictly follow COVID-19 prevention measures to stop rapid spread of the virus.

The Northeast Health District Epidemiology team works to identify and notify any close contacts who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

The best prevention measures for any respiratory virus are:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For updated information on COVID-19, visit dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.