Georgia gov. limits shelter-in-place order only to elderly people, those who are "medically fragile"

by Bryan Brammer · May 1st, 2020 11:15 am

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a new executive order limiting the shelter-in-place directive to the elderly and "medically fragile" through June 12.

"To protect vulnerable populations, I will sign an order today requiring medically fragile and elderly Georgians to continue to shelter in place through June 12, 2020," Kemp said Thursday.

Kemp also announced plans to ensure the health and safety of both residents and workers in long-term care facilities.

"In addition, I will order long-term care facilities — including nursing homes, personal care homes, assisted living facilities, and similar community living homes — to utilize enhanced infection control protocols, ensure safer living conditions, and protect residents and staff from coronavirus exposure."

The state of Georgia reopened last Friday, allowing gyms, hair salons, and other nonessential businesses to resume operations. On Monday, movie theaters resumed selling tickets and restaurants returned to limited dine-in service.

Despite heavy criticism from local business owners and politicians, including President Trump, Kemp stood by his decision to reopen the state.

"I believe it's vital that we empower business owners and workers to restart our economy while following detailed and strict hygienic guidelines to keep employees and customers safe," Kemp said.


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