Georgia COVID-19 Response Updates

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March 20, 2020

Georgia

Governor Kemp signed an order reducing various regulations to assist in the response and also authorized a transfer of approximately $19.5M from the Governor’s Emergency Fund.


March 19, 2020

Atlanta

Atlanta Mayor Bottoms issued two Executive Orders to slow the spread of COVID-19. The first action orders the closure of all bars and nightclubs that do not serve food, gyms and fitness centers, movie theaters, live performance venues, bowling alleys, and arcades, and private social clubs, located within the territorial jurisdictional limits of the City of Atlanta. However, restaurants and other eating and drinking establishments where food is served may continue preparing and offering food to customers via delivery service, drive-through, or take-out. The second action suspends the booting and towing of vehicles in the City right of way.


March 18, 2020

Atlanta

Mayor Bottoms signed legislation allowing the City to temporarily reduce Concessionaire and Car Rental Company rental requirements for a period of four (4) months, ending on June 30, 2020.

Mayor Bottoms also closed City Hall to essential and non-essential employees.


March 17, 2020

Atlanta

Mayor Bottoms issued an Executive Order calling a temporary moratorium on residential evictions and filings for a period of sixty (60) days effective immediately.

Mayor Bottoms issued an Executive Order creating a $7 million emergency fund.


March 16, 2020

Georgia

Governor Kemp closed public schools from 3/18 to 3/31. The State’s public universities have suspended on-campus instruction and switched to online learning for the remainder of the school year.

Atlanta

Mayor Bottoms issued an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic and that public assemblages, events and gatherings of 250, updated the same day to 50 or more persons within the City of Atlanta until 3/31.


March 14, 2020

Georgia

Governor Kemp declared a public health state of emergency and also authorized the call of the Georgia National Guard.

The Georgia Supreme Court declared a statewide judicial emergency granting relief through 4/13. On 3/17, the Georgia Supreme Court suspended filing deadlines through 4/13.

Atlanta

Mayor Bottoms announced the Centers of Hope Afterschool program will continue to provide free meals to all students who rely on them throughout the closure of schools.


March 13, 2020

Atlanta

Mayor Bottoms announced the City is implementing a full telework deployment for all non-essential employees through Tuesday, March 31, 2020. City Hall was closed to the general public.


March 11, 2020

Mayor Bottoms issued an Administrative Order directing the Commissioner of Watershed Management to refrain from taking any action which would result in the termination of water services for the next sixty (60) days.


Shelter in Place/Curfews*

  • Athens-Clarke County has a shelter in place order until 4/7.
  • Baldwin County has a curfew in place from 10 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. starting 3/23 at 10:00 p.m.
  • Camden County has a curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
  • Dougherty County has a shelter in place order beginning 3/21.
  • Laurens County has a curfew between 10 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
  • The City of Adel has a curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
  • The City of South Fulton has a curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
  • The City of Tucker has a curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m..
  • The City of Unadilla has a curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. until 3/21.

*These may not be all-inclusive.

Below you will find links to the Governor’s Executive Orders and other notices related to COVID-19:

State of Georiga Response

City of Atlanta Response

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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