On Thursday, 4/23/2020, Governor Kemp signed an executive order related to the reopening of Georgia. The order goes into detail about the guidelines that businesses must follow when opening back up.  Here is the list of requirements.  Unless otherwise noted, the provisions contained in this order shall be in effect from May 1, 2020 at 12:00 AM until May 13, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

All businesses shall implement these measures:

For Restaurants and Dining Services

  • Screen and evaluate workers who exhibit signs of illness (fever of 100.4, cough or shortness of breath)
  • Require workers who exhibit signs of illness to not report to work
  • Implement teleworking for all possible workers
  • Implement staggered shifts for all possible workers
  • Hold all meetings virtually whenever possible
  • Train all employees on the importance of hand washing and the expectation of increased frequency of hand washing, the use of hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) and provide clear instructions to avoid touching hands to face
  • Require all employees to wear face coverings at all times
  • Discourage workers from using other workers’ phones, desks, offices or other work tool or equipment
  • Stagger work stations to avoid employees standing close to one another (at least 6 ft of space)
  • Create limits to reduce contact in employee break rooms
  • Prohibit handshaking and other person-to-person contact in the workplace 
  • Enforce social distancing (groups at least 6 feet apart, no more than 10 in a group)
  • Increase physical space between workers and patrons
  • Discard all food items that are out of date
  • No Salad Bars or Buffets 
  • When providing curbside service, stock coolers to no more than minimum levels
  • Ensure the Food Safety Manager certification of the person in charge is up to date and provide food-handler training to refresh employees
  • Thoroughly detail, clean and sanitize the entire facility prior to resuming dine-in services and continue to do so.  Focus cleaning and sanitation on high contact areas
  • Between patrons, clean and sanitize table condiments, digital ordering devices, check presenters, self-service areas, tabletops and commonly touched areas and discard single use items
  • Use rolled silver and eliminate table presets
  • Remove all self serve stations(drinks, condiments, utensils, and tableware)  Have employees provide such items
  • Clean and sanitize reusable menus between each use 
  • Clean and sanitize restrooms regularly
  • Implement procedures to increase cleaning and sanitizing frequency in the “back-of-house”
  • Redesign seating arrangements to ensure at least 6 ft of separation from seating to seating
  • Limit party size at tables to no more than 6
  • Remind delivery drivers an suppliers of the social distancing requirements
  • Post signage that states no one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19 is allowed in the facility
  • Where practicable, physical barriers such as partitions or Plexiglas at registers should be used
  • Use technological solutions when you can to reduce person-to-person contact (mobile ordering, text on arrival for seating, and contactless payment options)
  • Provide hand sanitizer for patrons
  • Do not allow patrons to gather in the waiting areas or bar areas.
  • Mark the paths to enter and exit the restrooms to establish paths that will adhere to the social distancing guidelines
  • All restaurant playgrounds are to remain closed


Retail and Wholesale Grocery Stores:

  • Limit number of patrons to 50% of fire capacity or 8 patrons per 1,000 square feet
  • Encourage non-cash payments when possible
  • Encourage patrons to use hand sanitizer
  • Install protective screens measures where worker-patron interactions are likely
  • Provide additional hand sanitizer within the business
  • Schedule specific hours of operation for the vulnerable patrons
  • Reduce store hours to allow for increased cleaning
  • Encourage social distancing (by use of Plexiglas, decals on floor)
  • Provide Personal Protective Equipment to employees
  • Encourage Patrons to use face coverings


Gym and Fitness Centers:

  • Place signage at any entrance to instruct patrons that they cannot enter if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19, had symptoms of COVID-19 or had contact with a person that has or is suspected to have COVID-19.
  • Screen patrons at entrance
  • Limit occupancy to enforce Social Distancing requirements
  • No group classes
  • No tanning
  • Require workers to clean equipment in between each use


Hair Salons and Barber Shops:

  • Services by appointment only.  No walk-ins
  • Patrons have to sanitize hands after entering 
  • Only one client per service provider in the business at any one time
  • Staggering use of every-other work station or spacing works stations at least 10 feet apart
  • All employees must wear Personal Protective Equipment within the business location
  • Staggering work schedules so that no more than 50% of the normal number of employees providing services will be inside the business at one time
  • Only allowing one parent to be with one minor child
  • Cleaning and sanitizing all equipment, chairs and tables between each client


Indoor movie theaters and cinemas:

  • Each party of patrons must seat at least 6 ft apart
  • Use at least one usher during each showing to ensure social distancing
  • Seats, armrests, handrails, doors, doorknobs and door handles me be cleaned and sanitized before and after each showing
  • Tape or floor markers must be applied to floors at ticket counters and concession stands to enforce proper social distancing
  • Restrooms must be cleaned and sanitized regularly and touchpoints must be cleaned no less than once per hour
  • Food services areas must adhere to the same guidelines set forth above
  • No parties may be hosted in party rooms at theaters
  • Playgrounds and arcade rooms must stay closed


Dental Practices and Clinics:

  • Screen patients before visits
  • Self monitor staff and screen for viral symptoms daily
  • Continue to use Personal Protective Equipment
  • Follow social distancing guidelines (at least 6 ft, masks worn) in waiting rooms
  • Ensure patients have been medically cleared by primary care physician where applicable


Child Care Centers:

  • Screen all children prior to entering the facility (fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, shortness of breath)
  • No children allowed who exhibit any of the symptoms above
  • No unnecessary visitors
  • Provide meals in classrooms instead of communal settings
  • Restrict families access to the front door of the facility or the door of classroom
  • Clean and disinfect regularly any surfaces frequently touched 
  • Toys and games that cannot be cleaned and sanitized should be used
  • Only bedding (sheets, pillows, blankets and sleeping bags) that can be washed may be used

If you want to see the full order see the link below.

Full Executive Order 4/23/2020




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