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These coronavirus restriction have been lifted in Georgia

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp(WRDW)
Published: Jun. 16, 2020 at 1:04 PM EDT
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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

ATLANTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Today marks the end of several restrictions in Georgia that were enacted to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Here’s a look at what’s changing:

Sports

• Professional sports teams and organizations must follow rules and guidelines set by their respective leagues.

• High school and collegiate teams and organizations must follow the rules and guidelines set by applicable conferences or associations.

Sheltering in place

• Georgia residents and visitors who are 65 or older are no longer required to shelter in place unless they meet any of the following categories:

• Those who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility, including inpatient hospice, assisted living communities, personal care homes, intermediate care homes, community living arrangements and community integration homes.

• Those who have chronic lung disease.

• Those who have moderate to severe asthma.

• Those who have severe heart disease.

• Those who are immunocompromised.

• Those people, of any age, with class III or severe obesity.

• Those with diabetes, liver disease and chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis.

Gatherings

• Effective June 16, gatherings of more than 50 people are banned unless there is at least six feet between each person.

Drinking and eating

• In restaurants and dining rooms, there will be no party maximum for the number of people who can sit together.

• There will no longer be a limit on the number of patrons allowed per square foot. Workers at restaurants, dining rooms, banquet facilities, private event facilities and private reception venues are only required to wear face coverings when they are interacting with patrons.

• A bar can now have 50 people or 35 percent of total listed fire capacity, whichever is greater.

• For salad bars and buffets, a worker can use cafeteria-style service to serve patrons or the establishment can provide hand sanitizer, install a sneeze guard, enforce social distancing and regularly replace shared utensils to allow patron self-service.

Here's what's coming next

• Effective July 1, a “live performance venue” may reopen for business if it complies with specific criteria. There are certain exceptions for drive-in performances; private recording sessions, livestream performances, practices, fanless events and rehearsals and non-ticketed or free events. “Live Performance Venue” is defined as “any indoor or outdoor location that requires patrons to purchase a license to attend an event featuring live musical, dramatical, automotive, educational or any other type of entertainment performed before in-person patrons.” The term does not include restaurants and dining rooms, banquet facilities, private event facilities, private reception venues, weddings, drive-in venues or events held as part of a convention, and the term does not include outdoor recreational fields used for amateur sporting events.

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