Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order June 11 loosening restrictions put in place since April to curb the spread of COVID-19 across the state—including no capacity limits for dine-in services at restaurants statewide, reopening live performance venues under specific criteria and allowing conventions to resume July 1.

The order immediately lifted the shelter-in-place order for residents age 65 and older unless they have an underlying medical condition. Most of the other measures in the order took effect at midnight June 16 and expire June 30 at 11:59 p.m. unless the order is extended or a new executive order is signed.

According to the new executive order:

  • Restaurants and private event facilities no longer have a party maximum for the number of people who are allowed to sit together for dine-in service, and there is no longer a provision on the number of patrons allowed inside per square foot of public space. However, employees of restaurants, banquet facilities, private event facilities and private reception venues are still required to wear face coverings or masks when interacting with patrons, according to the order. There are still 35 health guidelines for these establishments to follow.

  • Bars can now have 50 people, up from 25 people, or 35% of the total listed fire capacity, whichever is greater.

  • People can gather in crowds of up to 50 people, whereas previously up to 25 people were allowed.

  • Indoor movie theaters no longer have capacity limits on the number of people who can sit together in a party.

  • Barbershops, body art studios, hair salons, massage therapy establishments, tanning facilities and their respective schools can now permit walk-ins.

  • Professional sports teams are required to follow the rules and guidelines set by their respective leagues. High school and collegiate teams and organizations must follow the rules set by their respective conferences or associations. Amateur sports teams and organizations are required to follow the criteria for noncritical infrastructure, which are outlined in the order.

  • Live performance venues cannot host events prior to July 1 unless it is a drive-in where patrons can attend a live performance while remaining in a vehicle or in a restricted area surrounding a vehicle. All other live performance venue events will be classified in tiers based on fire code capacity of the venue: Tier I includes venues that can host 999 or fewer people, Tier II includes venues that can host between 1,000 and 4,999 people, and Tier III includes venues that can host 5,000 or more people. Each tier has specific criteria to follow, including social distancing protocols.

  • Exhibitions, trade shows, conferences and business retreats of more than 100 people can resume July 1. There are 21 requirements outlined in the order for conventions to follow regarding public health precautions.