Gov. Kemp's New Order Relaxes Restrictions for Childcare Facilities and Businesses

Kemp says, COVID-19 hospitalizations, and percentage of cases continue to drop.

May 12, 2020

By Amanda Cooper

Governor Brian Kemp issued a new executive order that could be a game-changer for some businesses that have closed because of COVID-19.

During the state’s coronavirus update on Tuesday, Governor Kemp announced that his new executive order increases the number of people allowed in a single classroom of a childcare facility from ten to twenty people.  Also, Starting May 14, 2020, summer day camps can operate as well if they can meet the thirty-two minimum criteria that ensure the safety of camp workers and participants of all ages.

The new order also allows restaurants to accommodate 10 patrons per 300 square feet of public space and dining rooms; previously, the order allowed 10 patrons per 500 square feet. In addition, restaurants are allowed to have party sizes up to ten people, which is an increase from a maximum of six. The executive order also includes changes to gyms and fitness centers 

Teens and new drivers who received their driver’s licenses during the pandemic are also impacted in the new executive order. The Governor announced that any driver who received a license without taking a driving test will be required to take the test by September 30, 2020, to maintain their license.

Some things are still in place, Kemps says all Georgians must continue to follow social distancing, and gatherings of more than ten people remain banned unless there are at least six feet between each person. The shelter in place rule for the medically fragile and Georgians over age 65 remains in effect through June 12 and bars and nightclubs must remain closed through May 31, 2020