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Here's what restrictions remain, once Georgia's statewide shelter-in-place order expires

There are still detailed guidelines for many businesses.

ATLANTA — Georgia's main statewide shelter-in-place order will expire at midnight April 30 for many of us, but there are still restrictions in place for some Georgians. 

Gov. Brian Kemp has extended the shelter-in-place order for several groups through June 12, about a month-and-a-half from now. Those groups include people 65 years old and older, those living in nursing homes or long-term care facilities, and those with preexisting conditions like chronic lung disease, severe heart disease, diabetes, moderate to sever asthma, and severe obesity, to name a few.

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The governor issued an order last week that laid out his exact criteria for those considered too vulnerable to yet go out:

  • Those persons who are 65 years of age or older.
  • Those persons who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility, including inpatient hospice, assisted living communities, personal care homes, intermediate care homes, community living arrangements, and community integration homes.
  • Those persons who have chronic lung disease.
  • Those persons who have moderate to severe asthma.
  • Those persons who have severe heart disease.
  • Those persons who are immunocompromised. Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medication.
  • Those persons, of any age, with class III or severe obesity.
  • Those persons diagnosed with the following underlying medical conditions: diabetes, liver disease, and persons with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis.

A ban on large gatherings also remains in place. Businesses and governments can't allow more than 10 people in a single location unless there's six feet between them, though that doesn't include households or family units.

Credit: Gov. Brian Kemp

Now, for businesses that have begun to reopen within the last week - gyms, barbers and stylists, nail techs, tattoo shops and bowling alleys, along with dine-in restaurant service and movie theaters - they can continue to operate, but they must still meet previously released sanitary and distancing guidelines.

Those guidelines are included below for restaurants: 

For body art studios, barber shops, salons and other associated businesses:

For bowling alleys:

For gyms and fitness centers:

For movie theaters:

Retail businesses, too, must comply with a list of guidelines that the governor has issued. Some of those include a limit to allowing people in at 50 percent fire capacity, and sanitizing entrances and exits at least three times a day.

Credit: Gov. Brian Kemp

Some businesses are still a no-go entirely: bars, nightclubs, amusement parks, live performance venues, and public swimming pools must remain closed through 11:59 p.m.on May 13, that is unless that order is extended.

Credit: Gov. Brian Kemp

The governor says the rules are measured and health-driven.

"The health and well-being of Georigans are my top priorities and my decisions are based on data and advice from health officials," he said in a recorded message announcing his order. "I will do what is necessary to protect the lives and the livelihoods of our people."

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