Re-Opening Guidelines for Businesses

Re-Opening Guidelines for Businesses
Governor Kemp Announces Business Categories that May Reopen
On Monday afternoon, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced that the State of Georgia would begin reopening certain business categories in a phased in approach beginning Friday, April 24th through Monday, April 27th. Each grouping of businesses will be required to follow additional guidelines, which may change over the coming days. A copy of that Executive Order can be found HERE. Additionally, an Executive Order for those businesses with expanding guidelines released on April 23, 2020 is available HERE.

We understand that your businesses are grappling with many issues at this time: the health and safety of your families and staff; the health and safety of your customers and the public; working through small business programs for financial assistance; working to get employees back to their jobs; creating cashflow for your businesses and families; and simply trying to bring back a little bit of normalcy. Regardless of what you might be juggling, please know that the City of Canton supports you. Your business is just one of the reasons that people choose to call Canton home. Whether you are running full-stride to reopen, deciding to wait longer, or looking for something different in between, we appreciate your dedication to our community and will continue to ask our community to be dedicated to you.

Understanding the Guidelines
The City of Canton spent many hours since last night trying to summarize these guidelines by business groupings. This information is a summary and may not fully express each detail required by the State. Please note that the City does not provide legal advice to any business. It is the responsibility of the business to reach out to the Georgia Department of Economic Development ( to determine if the business is considered as critical infrastructure or non-critical infrastructure. Additionally, if you are professionally licensed by the State of Georgia, please refer to that licensing code section to determine where your license might fall within these guidelines. Lastly, if you have questions, please consult your own legal counsel. Please click the appropriate business category below:

What if I have additional questions?
The order from the Governor is clear that the requirements are statewide in nature and cannot be made more or less restrictive by local governmental bodies. You may always contact the City Manager of Canton, Billy Peppers, by email and he will attempt to put you in touch with the appropriate party for your concerns. His email address is or you may call City Hall at 770-704-1500.
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