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By: Andrew Kim
On April 20, 2020, Governor Kemp signed an Executive Order that will impact certain businesses in Georgia. The new Executive Order reopens some businesses previously closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic and removes certain restrictions for other types of businesses as well.
Here are some key provisions:
Health-Related Practices and Services Not Subject to Minimum Basic Operations Restrictions:
The following practices and services are not subject to the Minimum Basic Operations restrictions. Instead, these practices and services “should consider implementing the operational guidelines provided in Executive Order 04.02.20.01 for Critical Infrastructure:”
The Executive Order urges these practices and services begin treating patients as soon as possible in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines, and the provisions of his April 20, 2020 Executive Order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Reopening of Certain Businesses Effective April 24, 2020:
The Executive Order reopens the following businesses on Friday, April 24, 2020:
However, these businesses must implement the following in-person Minimum Basic Operations in order to reopen:
The April 20, 2020 Executive Order includes the same language and restrictions from the previous April 2, 2020 Executive Order. This language and restriction states that all businesses, non-profits, and county and municipal governments, other than those defined as “Critical Infrastructure,” shall restrict gatherings to ten (10) individuals at a single location if “such gathering requires persons to stand or be seated within six (6) feet of any other person.”
Reopening of Other Businesses Effective April 27, 2020:
Governor Kemp’s April 20, 2020 Executive Order does not include any provisions that reopen or lift restrictions for:
However, during his press conference on April 20, 2020, Governor Kemp announced that the above businesses will be allowed to reopen on Monday, April 27, 2020, should those businesses comply with specific social distancing and sanitation mandates. The Governor’s Office will be issuing these additional mandates for these businesses in the next few days.
Governor Kemp stated in his press conference that the following businesses will remain closed:
So What Next?
Employers that are planning on reopening their business based on Governor Kemp’s April 20, 2020 Order should immediately begin assessing the health and safety protocols they have in place now for employees and what additional steps they need to take to implement the protocols identified by the April 20 Order. Further, we recommend that employers consult with their counsel to evaluate any industry or location-specific measures that should be taken to reduce any concerns by customers of contracting COVID-19 when visiting the employer’s establishment.
The FMG Coronavirus Task Team will be conducting a series of webinars on Coronavirus issues on a regular basis. Topics include returning to the workplace, business interruption coverage and more. Click here to view upcoming webinars.
FMG has formed a Coronavirus Task Force to provide up-to-the-minute information, strategic advice, and practical solutions for our clients. Our group is an interdisciplinary team of attorneys who can address the multitude of legal issues arising out of the coronavirus pandemic, including issues related to Healthcare, Product Liability, Tort Liability, Data Privacy, and Cyber and Local Governments. For more information about the Task Force, click here.
You can also contact your FMG relationship partner or email the team with any questions at [email protected].
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