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Gov. Brian Kemp renews public health state of emergency for third time

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, for the third time, will renew a public health state of emergency. (Source: WRDW)
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, for the third time, will renew a public health state of emergency. (Source: WRDW)(WRDW)
Published: May. 28, 2020 at 1:39 PM EDT
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Thursday, May 28, 2020

ATLANTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, for the third time, will renew a public health state of emergency.

The governor revealed the renewal during a news conference on Thursday.

"This declaration, as you know, plays a critically important role in our battle against coronavirus. It allows for enhanced partnerships between the private and public sectors for healthcare infrastructure, procurement of supplies, and coordination across all levels of government," Kemp said. "As we continue to take measured steps forward, the public health state of emergency provides flexibility for a cohesive response across government, and within our communities across the state."

That renewal will be in place until July 12, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

But Kemp also moved forward in his continued push to open up the state's economy.

A new order signed by Kemp will allow for gatherings to be increased from 10 people to 25 starting on June 1. Kemp said "favorable data" allowed him to make the move, but social distancing of 6 feet must still be done.

As part of that new order, Kemp said it will allow for overnight summer camps in the state to open on May 31, bars and nightclubs can restart operations on June 1, and even professional and amateur sports can begin again on June 1 -- provided certain specifications can be met.

Amusement parks, carnivals, circuses, and water parks can also re-open on June 12.

An executive order remains in place until June 12 asking the elderly and medically fragile to shelter-in-place.

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