Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issues statewide Shelter-in-Place Order

On April 2, 2020, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued a statewide Shelter-in-Place Order. The order narrows, in several important aspects, the definitions of Essential Business that many metro-area businesses had been relying on from local jurisdictions. Importantly, the Governor’s Order states that all businesses, establishments, corporations, non-profit organizations, or organizations that are not Critical Infrastructure shall only engage in Minimum Basic Operations. “Minimum Basic Operations” is defined as:

“Critical Infrastructure” is defined by reference to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s definition of “essential critical infrastructure workforce,” in it guidance dated March 19, 2020 and revised on March 28, 2020, and those suppliers which provide essential goods and services to the critical infrastructure workforce as well as entities that provide legal
services, home hospice, and non-profit corporations or non-profit
organizations that offer food distribution or other health or mental
health services.

The full text of Governor Kemp’s Executive Order is available here:

WCZ will be posting additional information soon with information about what these definitions mean for our clients.

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