Gov. Brian Kemp extends public health emergency through July 12, issues guidelines for other business reopenings

Gov. Brian Kemp announced additional guidelines May 28 for shuttered businesses to reopen as well as for summer camps, professional and amateur sports, bars and nightclubs and amusement parks. (Screenshot via Facebook Live)
Gov. Brian Kemp announced additional guidelines May 28 for shuttered businesses to reopen as well as for summer camps, professional and amateur sports, bars and nightclubs and amusement parks. (Screenshot via Facebook Live)

Gov. Brian Kemp announced additional guidelines May 28 for shuttered businesses to reopen as well as for summer camps, professional and amateur sports, bars and nightclubs and amusement parks. (Screenshot via Facebook Live)

Gov. Brian Kemp issued two executive orders May 28, outlining more guidelines for "reviving a healthy Georgia," including guidelines for group gatherings; overnight summer camps, reopening bars and nightclubs, resuming professional and amateur sports and extending the public health state of emergency through 11:59 p.m. July 12. Georgians age 65 and older as well as the medically fragile should continue to shelter in place through July 12, Kemp said in a press conference May 28.

Kemp also announced that the Georgia Department of Public Health would be switching from updating its COVID-19 daily status report three times per day to once at 3 p.m. each day.

Beginning June 1, gatherings of more than 25 people in a single location will be allowed as long as a 6-foot distance is maintained between each person, Kemp said.

Professional and amateur sports organizations can also resume June 1 if participants comply with social distancing and sanitation rules of their respective organizations. Amateur sports organizations are expected to follow the same guidelines as "noncritical infrastructure" businesses as listed in the executive order.

"Given favorable data, ... we feel comfortable incrementally increasing that number to 25 [people]," Kemp said during the press conference.


Bars and nightclubs will also be allowed to reopen starting June 1 so long as they follow 39 mandatory measures listed in the executive order, including limiting capacity to 35% occupancy or 25 people. However, live performance venues are to remain closed until further notice.

"I know that these closures are tough on business owners and their employees, but we will continue to watch the data to ensure the health and safety of our citizens," Kemp said.

Additionally, overnight summer camps will be permitted beginning May 31 but must meet 33 specific criteria, including maintaining social distancing, discontinuing camp tours and implementing staggered drop-off and pickup times.

School districts will also be allowed to host in-person summer school but must adhere to 11 mandatory procedures, such as enhancing sanitation of the school and holding meetings and conferences virtually whenever possible.

Amusement parks will be allowed to reopen beginning June 12 if they follow 33 mandatory guidelines for reopening in addition to guidelines for noncritical infrastructure.

View the two executive orders below.



By Kara McIntyre
Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the reporter for north Houston's Tomball/Magnolia edition in September 2018, moving to Alpharetta in January 2020 after a promotion to be the editor of the Alpharetta/Milton edition, which is Community Impact's first market in Georgia.