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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp orders two week shelter-in-place for 'medically-fragile' residents

All bars and restaurants also closed down
coronavirus closures
Posted at 5:19 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 19:30:08-04

(WTXL) — Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has ordered the shutdown of bars and nightclubs across the entire state as well as a shelter-in-place order for the "medically fragile" to fight the spread of COVID-19.

At a press conference on Monday, Gov. Kemp said that he is also ordering “medically fragile” residents to "isolate, quarantine or shelter-in-place." Kemp also ordered the shutdown of bars and nightclubs across the entire state to fight the spread of COVID-19.

The order only applies to those who are living in long-term care facilities, have chronic lung disease, are undergoing cancer treatment, have a positive COVID-19 test or are suspected to be positive for COVID-19.

The effect goes into affect at noon on March 23 and will expire at noon on April 6.

Kemp has also banned any gatherings over 10 people. Grocery stores, and any other business that can maintain 6 feet of social distancing at all times, will stay open.

If businesses fail to comply with the social distancing order, the Department of Public Health will be empowered to shut them down.

Up to 2,000 national guards are also being activated to assist the state as needed.

You can watch the full press conference below: