Shelter-at-home order for most Georgians expires tonight, but for some, was extended through June

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The shelter-in-place order covering Georgia residents will expire tonight at 11:59 p.m., but Governor Brian Kemp announced today he has extended that order for some individuals.

Kemp urged Georgians to continue staying home “whenever possible” as he thanked all for affording officials the time to bolster the state’s health care infrastructure as it flattened the curve.

“We were successful in these efforts, but the fight is far from over,” Kemp said. “In accordance with our executive orders, businesses across the Peach State must continue to operate with strict social distancing and sanitation rules to keep customers and employees safe through May 13, 2020. Those rules vary by business type for a measured, health-driven approach.”

Kemp then said he is extending the executive order requiring certain vulnerable populations to continue to shelter-at-home until June 12.

“The health and well-being of Georgians are my top priorities, and my decisions are based on data and advice from health officials. I will do what is necessary to protect the lives – and livelihoods – of our people. I will formally extend our public health state of emergency through June 12, 2020 to continue enhanced testing across Georgia, ramp up contact tracing, and maintain effective emergency response operations in every region,” Kemp said. “To protect vulnerable populations, I will sign an order today requiring medically fragile and elderly Georgians to continue to shelter in place through June 12, 2020. In addition, I will order long-term care facilities – including nursing homes, personal care homes, assisted living facilities, and similar community living homes – to utilize enhanced infection control protocols, ensure safer living conditions, and protect residents and staff from coronavirus exposure. Together, we will defeat this virus and emerge stronger. Thank you, and God Bless.”

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