Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Officials in Georgia, US, maintain COVID-19 restrictions unchanged as of July 14. Authorities in Atlanta impose additional restrictions.

  • Alert Begins: 14 Jul 2020 11:37 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 31 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Georgia (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business disruptions likely

Summary
As of July 14, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has extended certain restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Under the current statewide directives, unchanged since July 1, gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed; gatherings with more than 50 people will be allowed if participants comply with social distancing measures.

Additionally, professional, collegiate, and high school sports teams may resume activities, restaurants and dining rooms may operate without capacity limits, bars may operate at 35 percent capacity or up to 50 patrons, and personal care services may operate without requiring appointments. Summer camps may open, although staff members and campers must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 12 days prior to starting camp. Live performance venues may resume operation and indoor events for over 100 people will be allowed. Authorities in Georgia had previously eased a number of restrictions, allowing most nonessential businesses to reopen, including gyms, retail stores, and nightclubs.

Authorities in Atlanta have reimposed numerous restrictions, including a requirement for residents to wear face masks when in public, and to stay home, except to perform essential tasks; nonessential businesses must close, except to provide delivery and pickup services. However, state authorities have said no local authority can impose more strict restrictions than those ordered by the state, and hence the instructions from officials in Atlanta are guidelines, and cannot be enforced.

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. All residents are encouraged to wear face coverings.

Transport and business disruptions are likely to persist even as commercial activity resumes. All measures are subject to amendment at short notice, depending on local disease activity.

Advice
Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers. 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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