Three weeks after allowing some businesses to reopen, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is extending some of the state’s stay-at-home guidelines while easing some other restrictions.
The governor has issued an executive order to keep live performance venues, bars and nightclubs closed through May 31. The state’s shelter-in-place provision for residents 65 and older will also remain in effect through June 12.
At the same time, the order increases the number of people allowed in a single classroom of a childcare facility from 10 to 20 people, provided a designated staff-to-child ratio is maintained.
“I am proud of these hardworking Georgians for following the guidance, keeping both their employees and customers safe,” Kemp said of his aggressive reopening plans, which were first announced on April 20. “I also stand with the small business owners who decided not to reopen their doors. These men and women have a choice, and I appreciate the incredible challenges each of them faces every single day.”
“Many have warned of a ‘second wave’ and asked if we are willing to change course if conditions decline,” Kemp added. “Let me be clear: We will continue to track the numbers and continue to heed [experts’] advice. We will take whatever action is necessary to protect the lives and livelihoods of Georgians.”