Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has issued a number of Executive Orders regarding business reopening:
- May 12, 2020 - Regarding performance venues, bars, night clubs, and camp reopening
- April 23, 2020 - Guidelines for Reopening Business in Georgia
- April 20, 2020 - Regarding the initial phase of reopening
The Governor's Orders state that municipalities cannot put measures in place that are more or less restrictive than the Governor's Order and preempts all local emergency orders related to COVID-19. The Order also makes the State of Georgia responsible for all aspects of implementation. As such, the City of Suwanee is not authorized to enforce previous Orders nor provide interpretation or guidance of the Governor’s Order.
Please contact the Office of the Governor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-656-1776 for further information and guidance. For help with enforcement of the Order, contact the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office at 770-619-6500.
- The minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of a business, establishment, corporation, non-profit corporation, or organization; provide services; manage inventory; ensure security; process payroll and employee benefits; or for related functions, and such minimum necessary activities include remaining open to the public subject to the restrictions of this Order.
- The minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees or volunteers being able to work remotely from their residences or members or patrons being able to participate remotely from their residences.
- Instances where employees are working outdoors without regular contact with other persons, such as delivery services, contractors, landscape businesses, and agricultural industry services
Restaurants and dining rooms of private social clubs will be allowed to reopen on a limited basis on Monday, April 27, 2020, subject to adherence to the Guidelines for Reopening Businesses in Georgia. Per the May 12, 2020 Executive Order, restaurants can allow 10 patrons per 300 square feet of public space and increase party size to 10 per table.
- Online, call-in, or drive-in services remain the best options to mitigate potential exposure to cronavirus.
- Do not attend religious services if you are not feeling well, have a fever, or have had direct contact with someone who likely has or is confirmed to have COVID-19.
- Throughout the service, maintain at least six feet between the person in front of you, behind you, and each side of you.
- Family members and cohabitating individuals are allowed to sit together.
- Please wear a face mask or cloth covering to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. Depending on the size of the congregation, additional services may be necessary to achieve at least six feet between non-cohabitating members.
- When members arrive, they should immediately be seated, and once a service ends, rows should be emptied sequentially with everyone immediately going to their vehicles.
- Refrain from using items touched by multiple people unless you can sanitize after each use. For example, in lieu of offering plates, consider using a dropbox.
- If you closed nurseries, childcare, Sunday School classes, or related functions, strongly consider keeping them closed for the foreseeable future.
- Medically fragile and elderly Georgians should continue to shelter in place and utilize remote services instead of in-person services.
- Strongly consider cancelling choir and choir practice to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Starting May 14, 2020 summer day camps can operate if they follow measures outlined in the governor’s Executive Order.
For more information regarding the Governor's Guidelines for reopening businesses,
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