The July 15 Executive Order demands that all businesses, establishments, corporations or organizations that are not Critical Infrastructure that continue in-person operations shall implement measures which mitigate the exposure and spread of COVID-19 among its workforce. Such measures shall include among others, the following:
The Order goes on to provide specific requirements for various industries. The first industry that Governor Kemp addresses in his Executive Order is restaurants and food service establishments All restaurants and dining rooms, as well as all banquet facilities, private event facilities, and private reception venues where food is served are required to implement certain measures: these establishments “shall implement measures which mitigate the exposure and spread of COVID-19 among its patrons and workforce.” Such measures shall include the following:
The Order goes on to provide similar specific lists of required actions that non-Critical Infrastructure businesses such as gyms, hair and nail salons, estheticians, movie theaters, bowling alleys, bars, and amusement parks.
Critical Infrastructure businesses that continue in-person operation are also told that they “shall implement measures which mitigate the exposure and spread of COVID-19.” Although the Executive Order makes many of the measures imposed for non-Critical Infrastructure businesses optional for Critical Infrastructure, depending on the circumstances, the businesses are instructed to implement them to “the maximum extent practicable.” Additionally, the Order spells out specific requirements for schools, daycare facilities and camps.
If you are a business in Georgia, we strongly recommend that you review the Governor’s Order to see what provisions are applicable to your business. The Executive Order can be found at https://gov.georgia.gov/executive-action/executive-orders/2020-executive-orders then download file 07.15.20.01 Providing additional guidance for Empowering a Healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19.
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