Kemp extends COVID-19 Order and opens up in-person visits to long-term care facilities under specific conditions

Atlanta, GA – On Sept. 15, 2020, Georgia Gov. Brian P. Kemp signed Executive Order, which extends current COVID-19 restrictions and issues guidance for long-term care facility visitation. The new EO begins tomorrow, Sept. 16 at 12:00 a.m. and runs through Sept. 30 at 11:59 PM. Under this new EO there are no changes to the mandatory restrictions in place for the operation of businesses. The shelter in place provisions for people who live in long-term care facilities and the medically fragile also remain in place. However, there is some softening on restrictions to visitation of residents of long-term care facilities.

The Order adds new language to clearly authorize community and state ombudsmen to perform inspections at long-term care facilities and – subject to specific criteria and restrictions outlined by the Department of Public Health – allow long-term care facilities to conduct in-person visitation in accordance with the DPH Administrative Order titled “Long-Term Care Facilities Reopening Guidance.”

Read the Governor’s Executive Order here.

This EO makes no changes to mandatory restrictions in place for the operation of businesses, including food establishments, bars, cinemas, bowling alleys, salons, barbers, cosmetologists, amusement parks, live performance and event venues, childcare facilities, etc.

The EO also continues to include a large gathering ban of 50 persons unless social distancing is maintained. The local option for requiring face coverings, subject to specific criteria, remains in place.

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