State of Georgia Executive Orders
5-12-2020 – Executive Order – Altering Shelter In Place & Business Guidance
Provides further guidance and definitions for the public health state of emergency regarding business operations and sheltering in place.
4-27-2020 – Executive Order – Clarity & Guidance
Provides further guidance and definitions for the Reviving a Healthy Georgia Executive Order of 4-23-2020. Defines hand sanitizer, exempts grocery from restaurant requirements.
4-23-2020 – Executive Order – Reviving a Healthy Georgia
Executive order to be in effect from 1 May, 2020 through 13 May, 2020. Provides guidance on the re-opening and operation of many business sectors in Georgia. Provides guidance on education and healthcare. Provides definitions for sheltering in place.
4-20-2020 – Executive Order
This executive order includes the following allows certain healthcare providers to resume providing elective procedures, allows certain businesses to re-open, expands "critical infrastructure" to include all entities listed in the most recent Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers released by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security on April 17, 2020 version 3.0, declares certain healthcare workers as auxiliary emergency management workers.
4-8-2020 – Executive Order – Extending Public Health State of Emergency & Shelter in Place
Executive order extends Georgia’s Public Health State of Emergency through May 13, 2020 and extends Georgia’s statewide shelter in place order through April 30, 2020.
4/3/2020 – Executive Order – Shelter in Place Guidance The Executive Order addresses the judiciary, adds additional "essential services" for the care of family members, and that the Governor may continue to issue guidance or alter the scope of "essential services" as needed through communications channels without the need for further executive orders.
4/3/2020 – Executive Order – Shelter in Place Enforcement
The Executive Order authorizes Georgia’s sheriff’s and their deputies to enforce the shelter in place order, including the authority to close businesses.
4/2/2020 – Executive Order – Shelter in Place
The Executive Order utilizes the current CISA list to define "critical infrastructure", requires all Georgian's to shelter in place except those who are employed in critical infrastructure industry or are accessing essential services. Guidance around the order is available HERE.
4/1/2020 - State of Georgia Executive Order - School Closure
The Executive Order closes Georgia’s K-12 schools for the remainder of the school year.
3/31/2020 - State of Georgia Executive Order - Pharmacies
Governor Kemp has issued an executive order allowing remote order entry for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
3/26/2020 - State of Georgia Executive Order - Unemployment Insurance
This Executive Order regards regulations around unemployment insurance claims to assist in the State’s response to COVID-19.
3/26/2020 - State of Georgia Executive Order - Public Elementary and Secondary Schools
This Executive Order keeps public elementary and secondary schools closed through April 24, 2020 to stop the spread of COVID-19.
3/23/2020 - State of Georgia Executive Order - Limits Gatherings
Governor Brian Kemp has issued an executive order limiting large gatherings statewide, ordering "shelter in place" for specific populations, and closing bars and nightclubs in Georgia for fourteen days
3/23/2020 - State of Georgia Administrative Order - Infected Person Isolation
Department of Public Health Administrative Order for the isolation of infected persons. HERE
3/23/2020 - State of Georgia Executive Order - Licensure
Governor Brian Kemp has issued an executive order expanding temporary licensing of certain medial professions to assist the state’s response to COVID-19.
3/21/2020 - State of Georgia Executive Order - Reduction of Regulations
Governor Brian Kemp issued a new Executive Order reducing regulations to assist Georgia’s response to the spread of COVID-19.
A copy of the Public Health State of Emergency Declaration may be Found HERE.
GA BOARD OF PHARMACY RULE CHANGES
All emergency rules adopted by the Georgia Board of Pharmacy to date may be found HERE at the Georgia Board of Pharmacy website.
SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE
SBA loans should soon be available to small Georgia businesses struggling with losing customers and cash amid the increased restrictions aimed at containing COVID-19. More information about these loans can be found here.
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE GUIDANCE
The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) has adopted an emergency Rule 300-2-4-0.5 Partial Claims, effective March 16, 2020. The rule mandates all Georgia employers to file partial claims online on behalf of their employees for any week during which an employee (full-time/part-time) works less than full-time due to a partial or total company shutdown caused by the -19 public health emergency. Any employer found to be in violation of this rule will be required to reimburse GDOL for the full amount of unemployment insurance benefits paid to the employee. Download the How Employers File Partial Claims Desk-Aid found on the GDOL Alert Page and follow the step-by-step instructions.
Filing partial claims results in your employees receiving unemployment insurance (UI) benefit payments faster, usually within 48 hours for claims filed electronically. Employees for whom you file a partial claim are NOT required to report to a Georgia Department of Labor career center, register for employment services, or look for other work.
The State of Georgia now has a COVID-19 hotline. If you believe that you, or your employees, are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact The State of Georgia COVID-19 Hotline:(844) 442-2681. Please also contact your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, or your local federally qualified healthcare center. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.
FOR GENERAL UPDATES on COVID-19:
Twitter: Please follow @GeorgiaEMA, @GaDPH and @GovKemp
Facebook: Please follow @GEMA.OHS, @GaDPH and @GovKemp
Governor’s Office, Executive Orders: https://gov.georgia.gov/executive-action/executive-orders-0/2020-executive-orders
Georgia Dept. of Public Health: https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus.
Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency: https://gema.georgia.gov/
Georgia Department of Labor: https://dol.georgia.gov/
Interim Guidance for Business & Employers
This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as considerations for doing so. READ MORE
Under Governor Kemp’s shelter-in-place executive order of 4/2/2020 all local restrictions that were put in place prior to its issuance have been superseded. All retailers are governed solely by the Governors executive order of 4/2/2020, any subsequent executive orders or communications by the Governor’s office.