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Kemp Eases Pandemic Restrictions on Businesses

Kemp Eases Pandemic  Restrictions on Businesses

Kemp Eases Pandemic Restrictions on Businesses

On Monday, Governor Brian Kemp issued an executive order rescinding some of the restrictions to businesses that have been shut down due to the COVID-19, saying Georgia is on track to meet guidelines to restart the state’s economy.

Kemp signed the order prior to the announcement that certain businesses will be allowed to reopen on Friday for basic operations. The order is statewide and local municipalities can’t lessen or increase the restrictions.

The order will allow the reopening of gyms, bowling alleys, nail salons, tattoo parlors, beauty parlors, barbershops, and massage therapists, as well as training schools for those professions.

The move also allow nonemergency medical healthcare services restart, including: elective procedures, dental and orthodontic work, optometry, and physical therapy.

Dine-in services at restaurants will be allowed to resume on April 27. Movie theaters and private social clubs will also be allowed to reopen on Monday, though most expect large theater chains, such as LaGrange’s AMC Classic, to not reopen until at least June.

In order to open, the businesses must continue screen employees, enforce strict social distancing, and frequently sanitize workspaces and tools.

Businesses must: Screen employees for symptoms of COVID-19,Provide protective equipment as available, Require handwashing and sanitation., Stagger shifts, hold meetings virtually, and allowing teleworking when possible. If you can provide certain services virtually, you must do so whenever possible. Enforce social distancing and increase the distance between employees and patrons. Suspend the use of PIN and credit card signature requirements.

Bars, nightclubs, live performance venues, and amusement parks will still remain closed.

Though some restrictions have been lessened, Kemp’s shelter-in-place order will remain in effect through the end of April.

“By taking this measured action, we will get Georgians back to work safely without undermining the progress we all have made in the battle against COVID-19,” said Kemp. “These are tough moments for our state and nation. I hear the concerns of those I am honored to serve. I see the terrible impact of COVID-19 on public health and the pocketbook.”

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Tommy Murphy Staff Writer