Kemp signs order rolling back many COVID-19 restrictions, takes effect April 8

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order Wednesday that would roll back many COVID-19 restrictions in place across the state. The order is set to go into effect April 8.

Kemp signed three separate executive orders pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday. One will lift bans on gatherings and distance requirements in businesses starting April 8 through April 30. It also eliminates shelter-in-place requirements.

The new guidelines will allow for businesses such as restaurants, bars, fitness centers and movie theaters to open at full capacity. 

Another order extended the current COVID-19 guidance in Georgia through April 7. It also permits state employees to be vaccinated for COIVD-19 without using sick leave. 

Kemp's final order extended the Public Health State of Emergency through April 30.

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Kemp extended the Public Health State of Emergency through April 30.

Kemp's last update to guidelines on March 12 removed conditions on essential and non-essential businesses.

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