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Governor's Executive Orders

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has issued six executive orders in April, all part of the national effort to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirust COVID-19. These orders mandated school closures and shelter in place as well as authorizing county sheriffs to enforce the orders. The latest order clarifies the shelter in place order.

Georgians are ordered to Shelter in Place until April 13 and Georgia schools are closed for the remainder of the school year.

View and/or download these orders in PDF form here: (84.36 KB) - Providing additional guidance for reviving a healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19 (264.89 KB) - Providing Flexibility For Health Care Practices, Moving Certain Businesses to Minimum Operations & Providing for Emergency Response (57.82 KB) - Renewing the Public Health State of Emergency to assist with the state's response to COVID-19 (1.1 MB) - Expanding the definition of Essential Services and clarifying enforcement provisions in Executive Order (56.94 KB) - Authorizing sheriffs to enforce the provisions of Executive Order involving businesses, establishments, for-profit corporations, non-profit corporations, and organizations (357.61 KB) - Issuing a statewide shelter in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 (96.67 KB) - Closing public elementary and secondary schools through the end of the 2019-2020 school year to stop the spread of COVID-19

During a press conference on Wednesday to announce a statewide shelter-in-place order, Gov. Brian Kemp said after holding off on a shutdown longer than most other governors, his thinking was motivated in part by a "game-changer" in our understanding of the novel coronavirus.

The governor described that game-changer as learning that "this virus is now transmitting before people see signs," an apparent reference to the asymptomatic spread of the coronavirus that has long been known.

The governor said, "I'm following the advice of (Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner) Dr. Toomey, and her and I both mentioned in our remarks, finding out that this virus is now transmitting before people see signs so - what we've been telling people from directives from the CDC for weeks now, that if you start feeling bad stay home, those individuals could have been infecting people before they ever felt bad," he said. "Well we didn't know that until the last 24 hours, and as Dr. Toomey told me, she goes, 'This is a game-changer for us.'"