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Rules detailed for newly opened businesses

ATLANTA — Hair salons, gyms, bowling alleys and tattoo parlors were allowed to reopen Friday under new state guidelines – some strict, some not so strict.  

Gov. Brian Kemp’s order – issued three days after he announced it was coming -- is 26 pages long – and covers everything from restaurants and grocery stores to tattoo parlors and more.  

The words “clean and sanitize” appear in almost every section of the order.

At dine-in restaurants:

  • Masks will be required for all employees
  • Salad bars and buffets will be discontinued
  • Self-service drinks and self-service tableware also go away
  • Parties will be limited to six per table, with a maximum of ten patrons per 500 square feet.
  • Screening of employees is encouraged but not required unless symptomatic

At grocery stores:

  • Required to limit patrons to eight per 1,000 square feet 
  • Must install protective screens between customers and employees at places where they commonly interact

At gyms and fitness centers:

  • Clients will be temperature-screened and turned away if they are feverish.
  • Clients will be required to use sanitary wipes on equipment before and after they use it.
  • Group classes, basketball courts and spas will stay shut down.

At movie theaters: 

  • Ushers will be required to enforce social distancing
  • Employees will sanitize seats, armrests and handrails between movies.
  • Arcades and playgrounds will stay closed.

At hair salons and tattoo parlors:

  • The state wants them to be “appointment only,” but there's wiggle room for walk-in clients
  • Patrons would be required to wait outside for their appointments
  • Chairs and equipment would be sanitized between customers
  • Employees would wear personal protective equipment “as available” -- in work stations that are at least ten feet apart.

At bowling alleys:

  • Employees required to hand off sanitized rental shoes 
  • Employees required to hand off sanitized loaner bowling balls
  • Employees required to sanitize scorekeeping machines, tables and chairs between each use.

At daycare centers:

  • Screen all children for fever
  • Surfaces and toys sanitized daily
  • Cots and mats and bedding assigned to individual children, cleaned weekly

For driver's licenses:

  •  Road tests no longer required if applicant passes other state exams

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