Governor's Orders

May 12th Executive Order – Additional Guidance on Bars & Nightclubs, Restaurants & Summer Camps

On May 12th, Gov. Kemp released a new Executive Order in response to COVID-19. Key points are summarized below:

  • Live performance venues, bars and night clubs must remain closed through May 31, 2020.
  • Sheltering in Place for vulnerable populations remains in effect until June 12, 2020.
  • Gatherings of more than 10 people remain banned for all non-critical businesses including social groups, informal groups and sports.
  • Starting May 14, 2020 summer day camps can operate if they follow measures outlined in the governor’s executive order.
  • Restaurants can allow 10 patrons per 300 square feet of public space and increase party size to 10 per table.
  • Gov. Kemp also announced the rollout of the Healthy Georgia Collaborative, a contact tracing tool to help map and isolate the spread of COVID-19.

What Does the Expiration of Governor Kemp's Shelter in Place Order Mean?

While the Governor's shelter in place order expired last night at 11:59 PM, that does not mean the pandemic is no longer a concern nor that health and safety precautions may be lessened. This is the first phase in our return to recovery–we are still a long way from a return to normalcy. To that end:

  • The elderly and medically fragile are still required to shelter in place through June 12. 
  • While certain businesses are allowed to resume limited operations (note, LIMITED), they may ONLY open if they meet specific, mandatory social distancing and sanitation rules to keep customers and employees safe, including the use of masks and appropriate distancing. ALL businesses, even those deemed "essential" in previous orders, must follow these requirements. Bars, night clubs, amusement parks, live performances venues and public pools remain closed at this time.
  • All Georgians are to continue to maintain social distancing, limit their travel and use best practices. Gatherings of more than 10 people will not be allowed unless it is possible to maintain 6 feet of distance.
Yes, the order has been lifted, but you still need to be careful. Limit your exposure to others. If it is possible to work from home, work from home. If you have to go out, take precautions. If you are reopening your business, do so under the government-mandated restrictions. We are a community, and to get through this we must work together. It is our responsibility–all of us–to ensure safety practices are in place, so that we may move forward into the next phase of recovery. 

The Governor's Office has provided guidance on what we each should be doing in this new phase, whether a business, citizen, employee, etc. Please take the time to peruse those documents relevant to you. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the office of the Governor at, or 404-656-1776.

Governor's Guidance (PDF)

April 20th Executive Order Allowing Certain Businesses to Resume Operations

On April 20, Governor Kemp announced new guidance to allow more businesses the option to open on April 24 and 27 if they follow Minimum Basic Operations and specific health and wellness guidelines. Gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, estheticians, hair designers and persons licensed to practice massage therapy are permitted to resume operations, while bars, nightclubs, amusement parks and live performance venues will remain closed. The Georgia Department of Economic Development is authorized to issue guidance to any business, corporation, organization or industry trade group regarding its status. As such, all questions related to how Governor Kemp’s Order affects your business should be directed to the following: or 404-656-1776.