Statewide shelter-in-place order now in effect for Georgia

The statewide shelter-in-place is now in effect. It lasts until 11:59 p.m. on Monday April 13, 2020. The governor can extend the order if the state of emergency he declared on March 14 is extended.

ATLANTA — The statewide shelter-in-place rule is now in effect. It lasts until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 13. The governor can extend the order if the state of emergency he declared on March 14 is extended.

It bears repeating: You can still go to the grocery store. You can still go get gas. You can still travel around the state if you want to.

But it does close several types of businesses, including bowling alleys, fitness centers, nightclubs, salons or any places where people congregate closely.

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It also means you can still go outside -- so long as you’re careful.

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“It’s one thing to be scared because we’ve never been through anything like this before, but we do not need to be afraid,” Gov. Brian Kemp told Channel 2’s Richard Elliot.

Kemp defended his administration’s response, saying they knew all along coronavirus could be spread before patients showed symptoms, but, he says, it wasn’t until the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that they realized how explosive it really was.

“I think we’ve been making the right moves at the right time. You’re always going to get criticized. There is no playbook on this. We’ve never been through something like this,” Kemp said.

The shelter-in-place order encourages people to stay at home whenever they can.

Kemp told Elliot that he’s worried about the peak of the health care crisis, which could still be three weeks away.

He’s worried about having enough hospital beds available and trying to keep super spreader areas like Albany contained.

Most of all, he’s asking people to hang tough and hunker down until the crisis passes.

“We need to keep chopping hard, keep working hard, grinding away every day. The next thing we know, we’re going to look up and it’s going to be the first part of May and hopefully we’ll be on the other side of this thing and we can be on the road to recovery,” Kemp said.

The governor could also extend the order if needed.

Essential workers will still be able to leave their homes