Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Officials in Georgia, US, extend current COVID-19 restrictions through at least Sept. 30. Atlanta loosens restrictions.

Alert Begins 16 Sep 2020 03:03 PM UTC
Alert Expires 30 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Georgia (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least Sept. 30
  • Impact: Business disruptions and increased security

Summary
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has extended restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through at least Sept. 30. Under the current statewide directives, which remain unchanged since July 1, residents aged 65 years or older and those with underlying health conditions are required to remain at home except to perform essential tasks. Gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted, and more than 50 people are allowed to gather if participants comply with social-distancing measures.

Restaurants and dining rooms may operate without capacity limits. Bars may not exceed 35-percent capacity or more than 50 customers at a time. Personal care services may operate without appointments. Live performance venues may resume operation and indoor events for over 100 people are allowed. Professional, collegiate, and high school sports teams may resume activities. Authorities in Georgia had previously eased a number of restrictions, allowing most nonessential businesses to reopen, including gyms, retail stores, and nightclubs.

As of Sept. 16, the city of Atlanta has moved to Phase 2 of reopening. Under these guidelines, social distancing should be practiced and residents should stay home except to perform essential tasks. Retail shops and restaurants may provide curbside and delivery services. Special event applications remain suspended and nonessential city services will remain closed. Gatherings are limited to 10 people with social distancing measures in place. The citywide facemask mandate remains in effect.

State authorities strongly encourage residents to wear protective face coverings while in public; local officials have the authority to issue mask mandates if their jurisdiction meets a threshold of 100 or more COVID-19 cases per 100,000 over the previous 14 days.

All operating businesses and facilities must comply with certain mandates aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, including enhancing sanitation procedures, adhering to social-distancing standards, and performing health screening on workers and customers, among other things. Specific requirements may vary by industry.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Advice
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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