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Shelter In Place Restrictions Lifted As Kemp Releases New Covid-19 Guidelines For Georgia

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A new executive order in the state’s fight against the coronavirus has been issued by Gov Kemp.

The governor announced today that those who are 65 years and older are no longer required to shelter in place, effective immediately, unless they are living in long-term care facilities or if they are medically fragile.

Anyone who otherwise is medically compromised – including those who have chronic diseases or underlying health conditions is still being asked to stay at home.

The order, titled “Empowering a Healthy Georgia,” goes into effect at 12 a.m. Tuesday, June 16 and lasts until 11:59 p.m. June 30. The governor’s office said they will make future announcements when the June 30 deadline gets closer.

The state’s public health emergency remains in effect until July 12.

You can read the entire order here >> Executive Order 

Here’s what else the order outlines:

Effective June 16, gatherings of more than 50 people – up from 25 – are banned unless there is at least six feet between each person.

Drinking and Eating
Effective June 16, there is no longer a party maximum for the number of people who can sit together in restaurants and dining rooms, and there is no longer a limit on the number of patrons allowed per square foot.

Workers at restaurants, dining rooms, banquet facilities, private event facilities and private reception venues are only required to wear face coverings when they are interacting with patrons.

As for bars, they are now allowed to have 50 people – up from 25 – or 35 percent of total listed fire capacity, whichever is greater.

For salad bars and buffets, a worker can use cafeteria-style service to serve patrons — or the establishment can provide hand sanitizer, install a sneeze guard, enforce social distancing, and regularly replace shared utensils to allow patron self-service, under the order.

Overnight Summer Camps
Effective June 16, campers and workers may not attend an overnight summer camp unless they have received a negative COVID-19 test within 12 days prior to starting camp.

Effective July 1, a “convention” may occur if it meets 21 specific requirements, in addition to the requirements for non-critical infrastructure entities.

A “convention,” under the order, means “an organized event of more than 100 persons that are required to register or obtain a license to gather for a common purpose at a single indoor facility or grouping of indoor facilities for more than four hours and in some cases for more than one day.” The order says that the term “convention” does not include any regular operation of a business, nor does it apply to regular religious services, business meetings or sports competitions.

Live Performance Venues
Effective July 1, a “live performance venue” may reopen for business if it complies with specific criteria based on whether it is designated Tier I, II, or III. There are certain exceptions in the order for drive-in performances; private recording sessions, livestream performances, practices, fanless events, and rehearsals; and non-ticketed or free events.

A “Live Performance Venue” as described by the order means “any indoor or outdoor location that requires patrons to purchase a license to attend an event featuring live musical, dramatical, automotive, educational, or any other type of entertainment performed before in-person patrons.” The term does not include restaurants and dining rooms, banquet facilities, private event facilities, private reception venues, weddings, drive-in venues, or events held as part of a convention. The term also does not include outdoor recreational fields used for amateur sporting events.

While the executive order does allow non-critical infrastructure and business more flexibility to re-open to the public, they still must meet certain safety requirements and take certain steps to mitigate the exposure and spread of the virus.

Phase 1 Opening of State of Georgia Begins, Says Governor Brian Kemp

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Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp announced Monday that certain businesses can reopen this week in a move that starts the State of Georgia toward returning to normal.

He’s also allowing the shelter-in-place order to expire at the end of the month.

**According to an influential model cited by the White House, from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Georgia hit its projected “peak” for daily deaths 13 days ago, on April 7.

The Governor has directed that fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, hair and nail salons, and massage therapy businesses can start to reopen this week as early as Friday, April 24. In addition, theaters and restaurants will be allowed to open starting on Monday, April 27. However, bars and night clubs will remain closed for now.

Kemp’s decision to open the state was unveiled after federal guidelines put forth by the administration and President Donald Trump last week were made public. The guidelines were meant to help states loosen their social distancing restrictions.

The current White House criteria to reopen America includes three phases, and Kemp said that the state was “on track to meet the criteria for Phase One” by having adequate testing, hospital capacity, and contact tracing of the virus.

But previously mentioned model predicts that dozens of people will die each day in the coming week. And to limit a resurgence of the virus, the model says that Georgia shouldn’t start relaxing social distancing until after June 15 — when the state can begin considering other measures to contain the virus, such as contact tracing and isolation.

Notably, Kemp said Monday that no local ordinance can restrict the openings, which will be implemented statewide. “In the same way that we carefully closed businesses and urged operations to end to mitigate the virus’ spread, today we’re announcing plans to incrementally and safely reopen sectors of our economy,” he told reporters.

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Ga Governor Brian Kemp makes decision to reopen states economy. (AP Photo/Ron Harris, Pool)

Gov. Kemp Releases Statewide Shelter-In-Place Order

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Gov. Brian Kemp has released his statewide shelter-in-place order. The order will go into effect at 6 p.m. Friday April 3rd until 11:59pm Monday April 13th.

The order requires Georgians to remain at home unless conducting or participating in essential services, performing necessary travel or are part of the workforce for critical infrastructure.

[READ: Guidance and FAQs about the executive order]

All residents must practice social distancing and sanitation in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

No businesses, establishments, corporations, non-profit corporations, organizations, or county or municipal governments shall allow more than ten people to gathering in a single location. All people must sit or stand at least six feet apart from one another. This does not apply to people when they are in their homes.

During the shelter in place order, everyone must stay in their homes unless they are conducting or participating in Essential Services.

Essential Services include obtaining necessary supplies such as food and supplies for household consumption, medical supplies or medication, supplies and equipment needed to work from home, products needed to maintain safety and sanitation of homes. Whenever possible, online ordering, home delivery, and curb side pick-up should be used to gather supplies.

Home visitors are not permitted unless providing medical support, food or in end-of-life situations. Homeless individuals are urged to find shelter or contact a government agency for support.

The order closes all gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, theaters, live performance venues and amusement parks. It closes restaurants dine-in services but allows take-out and deliveries. Beauty salons, estheticians, body art studios and massage therapists are ordered to close as well.

The order does not list shutdown of places of worship, as long as previous limits on gatherings and social distancing guidelines are adhered to. It also does not impede sale, distribution or transportation of firearms and ammunition.


City of Newnan Approves Ordinance of Additional Emergency Measures for COVID-19

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Newnan City Council has approved emergency measures related to COVID-19 during their Special Called Council meeting on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

The ordinance goes into effect at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020, and will end on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at midnight.

You can find the approved ordinance here.

The city requests that all Newnan residents voluntarily shelter at home and not leave their homes, except:

  • When a person is on an errand necessitated by an emergency, or engaged in procuring or seeking an essential service;
  • When a person is traveling or returning directly home from lawful employment or otherwise
  • engaged in lawful employment that makes it necessary to leave home;
  • When a person is engaged in interstate and intrastate vehicular travel through the city;
  • When a person is procuring essential food or medicine or seeking essential medical care or providing essential food, medicine or medical care to another person;
  • Personal or family activities such as walking, jogging and cycling

All businesses would cease operations with the exception of those considered essential.

Those businesses ceasing operations would include:

Gyms, fitness centers, pools, social clubs, amusement facilities, bowling alleys, pool halls, theaters, massage parlors, nail salons and any other similar facility, any facility used for an activity that involves prolonged physical proximity of individuals, and any facility used for entertainment, social, grooming or general health and wellbeing purposes must close and remain closed for the duration of this emergency.

Pet groomers, however, can remain open.

The ordinance also states that:

  1. Businesses must post signage on entrance doors informing consumers to maintain at least 6 feet of personal distance between themselves and others.
  2. Businesses should not allow more than 10 people into an establishment at any one time if such social distancing cannot be maintained.
  3. Restaurants  would be required to cease offering dine-in services, but may continue preparing and offering food to customers via delivery, drive-through or takeout services.
  4. Patrons, employees and contractors of the establishments must maintain at least 6 feet of personal distance between themselves as much as possible, given the physical constraints of the premises.
  5. If a restaurant is licensed to sell beer and wine for on-premises consumption, they would be authorized to sell unopened bottles or cans of beer or wine for consumption off-premises.
  6. They must also implement procedures to provide the recommended personal distance at concentrated locations such as checkout registers, customer service desks, break rooms, etc.
  7. Establishments are encouraged to establish a maximum store occupant load to assist with personal distancing compliance.

Man Hides in Fisher Crossing Costco, Steals Over $13,000 Dollars In Jewelry

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A thief hid in a the Fisher Crossing Costco and where he waited for employees to leave for the night before swiping more than $13,000 worth in jewelry.

According to the Coweta County Sheriff’s office, security cameras caught the perpetrator entering the store in Sharpsburg earlier in the day on Oct. 10, seemingly staking out the place.

He left, only to return several hours later when he then hides behind a display rack and waits for the store to close. The suspect then heads to the jewelry counter, smashes the glass, and then makes off with approximately $13,000 in various jewelry.


He then leaves out of an emergency door, setting off the alarm, where a car, spotted on a nearby security camera, is believed to have picked up the suspect and drove away. The vehicle’s make or model was not immediately known.

Anyone with information should call the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office at 770-253-1502.

Suspect Wanted for Triple Shooting In Chattooga County, In Custody In Coweta Co.

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) says Steven James Mauldin has been captured in Coweta County, Georgia Wednesday.

Steven James Mauldin was wanted for the of killing two people and wounding a third in Chattooga County.

The victims were 35-year-old Joe Edward Brown and 61-year-old Linda Mae Everett who were shot and killed, and 46-year-old Daryl Lee Marsh was injured.

Around 1 p.m. Wednesday, Coweta County Sheriff‘s deputies spotted Mauldin on I-85 in the county, and tried to pull him over.

Mauldin refused to stop for the deputies which then lead to a chase. The Georgia State Patrol (GSP) joined in, and shortly thereafter he was arrested.



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Woman Struck And Killed While Crossing The Road In Coweta Co

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The incident happened on U.S. 29 South early Tuesday morning and the victim has been identified as Teresa Gail Kitrell, 61, of Newnan. At present, no charges will be filed against the driver as speeding, drugs, or alcohol are not thought to play a role. Authorities have said that the accident was the result of foggy conditions and poor visibility.

Man Who Kidnapped, Raped Girl & Stabbed 4 People, Sentenced And Going To Prison

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A Riverdale man plead guilty to rape allegations that he kidnapped and raped a girl in Coweta Co. Twenty three year-old Adrian J. Garcia-Zamarroon, who also stabbed four people during the incident, was sentenced this past Thursday to 30 years in prison. He could also face deportation due to his immigration status.

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Newnan Man Broke Into Home, Stabbed Half Brother To Death

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Police say a Newnan man, Zachary Martin, broke into a home early Thursday morning and stabbed his half-brother to death.

Newnan Police responded to a home at Lindon and Boone Drive around 3:30 a.m.

The half-brother was taken to Newnan Piedmont Hospital, where he died.

Martin is being held in the Coweta County Jail. He faces several charges including murder, kidnapping, and home invasion.



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