Ga. governor offers executive orders to help parents, restaurant owners during pandemic

Gov. Brian Kemp toured Phoebe Tuesday morning. (Source: WALB)
Gov. Brian Kemp toured Phoebe Tuesday morning. (Source: WALB)(WRDW)
Published: May. 12, 2020 at 1:42 PM EDT
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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

ATLANTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp offered new executive orders Tuesday afternoon as the public health state of emergency stands on the verge of expiring.

Kemp praised Georgia residents for their resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, certain restrictions will remain in place until May 31 -- mainly restrictions put into place closing live performance venues, bars, and nightclubs.

"I know this extension is difficult for many Georgia business owners in communities that have music venues. However, we believe that waiting a little bit longer will enhance health outcomes and give folks the opportunity to prepare for safe reopening in the near future," Kemp said.

Large public gatherings are also banned for the time being unless it is possible for social distancing of at least six feet between people.

The shelter-in-place order remains in place for the medically fragile until June 12.

But parents looking to make plans for the summer for their students got a boost from the governor.

Kemp's new order not only expands the number of people in a single classroom from 10 to 20 people, but will allow for summer day camps to re-open.

However, those camps can only open if they can maintain 32 minimum mandatory criteria.

"These requirements are extensive and cover a wide range of operations to ensure the safety of Camp workers and participants of all ages," Kemp said.

Kemp is also allowing an expansion of dine-in services for restaurants if business owners wish. The state will now allow 10 patrons per 300 square feet of public space and will increase the party size per table from six to 10 people.

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