ATLANTA — Under new guidelines issued by Gov. Brian Kemp on Friday, conventions will be able to operate in Georgia much more freely.
The governor's newest executive order eliminated more than a half dozen protocols that had been in place for conventions.
Among the rules the governor has lifted are:
- Requiring convention workers to be masked.
- Screening for COVID-19 symptoms in guests at entrances.
- If the convention provides transportation to guests, ensuring social distancing while in transport.
- Requiring pre-registration for seated events.
- Implementing staggered registration and attendance times.
- Floor markings to ensure social distancing in lines.
- One-way aisles to guide traffic through exhibitions.
- Prohibiting contact between separate events at the same venue.
The guidelines that remain in place include:
- Requiring that all individuals exhibiting or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 at any time while at a convention be isolated and leave the facility as soon as practicable.
- Providing training to workers on how to identify symptoms of COVID-19 in any individuals present, the proper processes for assisting a potentially ill individual with exiting the facility, and the appropriate infection mitigation procedures to perform in such an event.
- Providing an isolation area or areas for individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 that are unable to immediately leave the convention.
- To the extent practicable, utilizing contactless parking systems, registrations, check-in, check-out, security checks, coat/bag checks, and/or sales.
- To the extent practicable, utilizing physical barriers such as partitions or Plexiglass at registration and check-in stations, refreshment stations, and points of sale.