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Ban on Gatherings, Use of Police to Shutter Businesses Absent from New COVID Order

Governor Brian Kemp signed three Executive Orders relating to COVID-19 in Georgia.

Executive Order 03.31.21.01, extends the Public Health State of Emergency through April 30, 2021, which is necessary for Georgia to continue to receive resources for PPP, testing, and vaccines.

Executive Order 03.31.21.02, extends the current COVID-19 guidance in Georgia until April 7 with an added provision allowing state agency employees to get a COVID vaccine without using sick leave or annual leave.

This executive order also provides a pathway for state employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine without using sick leave or annual leave

Executive Order 03.31.21.03 will become effective on April 8 and will roll back many of the current COVID-19 restrictions in place.

  • Eliminates the gatherings ban
  • Eliminates shelter-in-place requirements
  • Removes the critical infrastructure distinction and collapses all organization suggested measures into one main list, with a small number of additional industry-specific requirements remaining
  • Reduces any remaining distance requirements (i.e. distance between parties at restaurants, bars, and movie theaters, and between patrons of group fitness classes)
  • Eliminates the ability of law enforcement to close an organization for failure to comply with the Executive Order provisions
  • It still strongly suggests social distancing measures and wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19
  • Will become effective April 8, 2021 and run through April 30, 2021, unless extended or changed.

The Governor’s Executive Orders are available to read here.

Jessica Szilagyi
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Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of The Georgia Virtue. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta, a commentator on the 'Let Me Tell You Why You're Wrong Podcast,' and she has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers." Sign up for her weekly newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gzYAZT

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