Governor Kemp Issues New COVID-19 Guidance Executive Orders

Courtesy of Tourism Leadership Council

On Thursday, August 19, Governor Brian Kemp signed Executive Order 8.19.21.02  and 8.19.21.03 regarding COVID-19 Regulatory Suspensions in Georgia. In addition, he renewed the State of Emergency for Continued COVID-19 Economic Recovery.

Click Here to read the State of Emergency Order

Click here to read the Regulatory Suspensions Executive Order 

Click here to read the Continued COVID-19 Economic Recovery Order

This final Order specifically disallows local governments the power or authority to "shut down" the economy. In addition, the Order allows a private sector company or organization to disregard a local government's ordinance, order, rule, or regulation enacted pursuant to emergency authority or a declaration of emergency related to COVID-19. Further, the Order disallows any local governments or law enforcement  from compelling  private sector businesses or organizations to enforce any local mandate or local order regarding COVID-19. 

However, the Order requires "That any Organization that continues in-person operation during the effective dates of the order shall implement measures to mitigate the exposure and spread of COVID-19 around its workforce and patrons. Private businesses and organizations may implement safety measures of their own including requiring masks, and even vaccine mandates for their own business. However, local government (City and County) requirements related to COVID-19 have been rendered moot and unenforceable by Order of the Governor.