Governor Kemp extends COVID-19 emergency order into December

Governor Kemp extends COVID-19 emergency order

ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp extended the state’s Public Health Emergency order once again, this time through Dec. 9.

The order also extends the current COVID-19 restrictions with “minimal changes to the sections on Healthcare and Governments.”

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Residents are encouraged to remain home, but if they go out in public they should wear masks.

The governor’s latest order allows counties and states to allow mask mandates in public. Residents who are over 65 years old are no longer ordered to shelter in place unless they live in a nursing home or long care facility or are medically fragile.

Channel 2′s Dave Huddleston looked in to how the extended orders could affect upcoming holiday gatherings.

The statewide order prohibits gatherings of more than 50 people through December 9. Anyone was has been exposed to COVID is asked to shelter in place to limit the spread. People who do gather should stay six feet away from one another.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms also extended her administrative orders related to COVID-19 for 60 days. The administrative order protects customers from having their water services cut off due to non-payment through Dec. 31 and protects people who live in properties subsidized by the government from evictions for 60 days.

Gov. Kemp extends COVID-19 orders as he quarantines for exposure to virus