GEORGIA (WTXL) — Georgia Governor Brian Kemp will allow his statewide shelter-in-place order to expire at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, but urges Georgians to continue to stay home "whenever possible."
Gov. Kemp posted a message to social media Thursday describing Georgia's next steps going forward.
Today we are taking another measured step to protect the lives - and livelihoods - of all Georgians. We will continue to work around the clock to follow the data, heed the advice of public health officials, and keep Georgia families safe. pic.twitter.com/kPFjAfDApW— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) April 30, 2020
To protect vulnerable populations, Kemp will sign an order requiring the medically fragile and elderly to continue to shelter-in-place through June 12.
The governor said he is also formally extending the public health state of emergency through June 12 to continue enhanced testing, ramp up contact tracing, and maintain effective emergency response operations.
He also extended an executive order outlining special protocols for nursing homes and assisted living homes, which includes enhanced infection contr ol protocol and safer living conditions.
Through May 13, all businesses will operate with strict social distancing and sanitation rules to keep customers and employees safe; however, additional rules will vary by business type.
To see those rules, click here.
Kemp previously issued an order allowing some businesses to reopen last week and Monday.