Governor Brian Kemp


Governor Brian Kemp

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Renewing the Public Health State of Emergency
in response to COVID-19

It is ordered that the Public Health State of Emergency shall terminate on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at 11:59 PM, unless it is renewed by the Governor.

02.26.21.01 Renewing the Public Health State of Emergency last renewed on January 29, 2021, in response to COVID-19

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Providing additional guidance for
Empowering a Healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19

It is ordered that unless otherwise noted, the provisions contained in the Order shall be effective from March 1, 2021, at 12:00 AM until March 15, 2021, at 11:59 PM, unless it is renewed by the Governor.

02.26.21.02 Providing additional guidance for Empowering a Healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19

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Funeral Service Professionals Should Note:

All residents and visitors of the State of Georgia shall:

  • Practice Social Distancing as defined herein and refrain from Gathering as defined herein
  • Are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings as practicable while outside their homes or place of residence, except when eating, drinking or exercising outdoors.
  • Practice sanitation in accordance with the guidelines published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • No business, establishment, corporation, non-profit corporation, organization, or county or municipal government shall allow Gatherings of persons. This provision shall not apply to cohabitating persons, family units, or roommates residing together in private homes, whether inside or outside of their homes or place of residence. This provision shall also not apply to entities defined as “Critical Infrastructure.”


II. Definitions

  • “Gathering” shall mean more than fifty (50) persons physically present at a Single Location if, to be present, persons are required to stand or be seated within six (6) feet of any other person. Therefore, groups of more than fifty (50) people are permitted if their grouping is transitory or incidental, or if their grouping is the result of being spread across more than one Single Location. (Item 6)
  • "Local Option Face Covering Requirement" shall mean a requirement imposed by a municipal, county, or other government entity that individual wear face masks or face covering when not able to maintain Social Distancing from non-cohabitating person that is permitted by the terms of this Executive Order. (Item 9)
  • "Post-Exposure Quarantine Protocol" shall mean that in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Georgia Department of Public Health guidelines, any person who has had close contact (sic (6) feet or closer for a cumulative total of fifteen (15) minutes or more with a person that has or is suspected to have COVID-19 within the past fourteen (14) days is required to either (Item 14):
    • Quarantine at their home or place of residence for fourteen (14) days form the date of most recent exposure; 
    • Quarantine at their home or place of residence for at least ten (10) days from the date of most recent exposure, then practice extreme diligence in monitoring for Symptoms of COVID-19, wearing a face covering, and social distancing until fourteen (14) days have passed since the date of most recent exposure; or  
    • Quarantine at their home or place of residence for at least seven (7) days from the date of most recent exposure if a COVID-19 test was taken no earlier than day five (5) of quarantine and a negative result is received, then practice extreme diligence in monitoring for Symptoms of COVID-19, wearing a face covering, and social distancing until fourteen (14) days have passed since the date of most recent exposure.  
    • If If at any time during the Post-Exposure Quarantine Protocol time period a person experiences Symptoms of COVID-19, that person shall seek a COVID-19 test, isolate until test results are received, and proceed in accordance with the test results and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Georgia Department of Public Health guidelines. 
  • “Single Location” shall mean a space where all persons gathered cannot maintain at least six (6) feet of distance between themselves and any other person. (Item 16)
  • “Social Distancing” shall mean keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home or place of residence. Persons practicing Social Distancing should stay at least six (6) feet from other people, avoid assembling in groups, avoid crowded places, and avoid large crowds. This provision shall not apply to cohabitating persons, family units, or roommates residing together in private homes, whether inside or outside of their homes or place of residence. (Item 18)
  • "Symptoms of COVID-19" shall mean symptoms identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as symptoms of COVID-19 and shall include at least the following: fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle of body aches; headache; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; and diarrhea. (Item 19)
  • "Threshold Requirement" shall mean the prevalence in a county of confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the previous fourteen (14) days is equal to or greater than one hundred (100) cases per one hundred thousand (100,000) people according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. (Item 20) For more information review pages 42-44.


Critical Infrastructure that continue in-person operation during the effective dates of this Order shall implement measures to mitigate the exposure and spread of COVID-19.   

  • Such measures may include, but shall not be limited to the items included in Section V. Industry, Commerce, Organizations & Non-Profits, which shall be implemented to the maximum extent practicable. 


Mortuary services are a Critical Infrastructure as determined by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). These businesses must continue to operate with social distancing and sanitation rules to keep customers and employees safe. Mortuary service providers, such as:

  • Workers performing mortuary funeral, cremation, burial, cemetery, and related services, including funeral homes, crematoriums, cemetery workers, and coffin makers.
  • Workers who coordinate with other organizations to ensure the proper recovery, handling, identification, transportation, tracking, storage, and disposal of human remains and personal effects; certify cause of death; and facilitate access to mental and behavioral health services to the family members, responders, and survivors of an incident.

Remember to review guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well.


Reporting of Issues of Non Compliance with Governor Kemp’s Executive Orders

COVID-19 Hotline: (844) 442-2681
The hotline can be used for asking about symptoms related to COVID-19, finding out if someone should get tested, reporting possible scams related to COVID-19, and alerting the state about non-compliant businesses. 

If you are reporting a possible violation of Governor Kemp’s Shelter in Place Order please contact: 

  • Your local Sheriff’s Office
  • Department of Natural Resources State Communications Center
  • Department of Public Safety Troop Communications Center closest to you.

For all non-urgent requests, please continue to contact Constituent Services through their online form found HERE.

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