Latest Statewide Executive Order

Governor Brian Kemp issued an Executive Order today (May 12) which creates and continues rules related to the existing COVID-19 Pandemic. Unless otherwise stated in the order, the new rules take effect May 14 at 12:00 a.m. and end May 31 at 11:59 p.m. Below are the highlights of the order, available HERE.

  • All Georgians and visitors to the state are required to practice social distancing, which means maintaining six feet of distance between you and others that are not a member of your direct household (see page 2 of the order)
  • All Georgians and visitors to the state are encouraged to wear face coverings in public (see page 2 of the order)
  • Gatherings of more than 10 persons continue to be prohibited at a single location if persons are required to be within six feet of another person (see page 2 and page 4 of the order)
  • A shelter in place order remains in effect through June 12 at 11:59 p.m. for the medically fragile or Georgians over 65 (see pages 5-7 of the order)
  • Restaurants will continue current requirements through the end of May with the additional requirements that dishwashing machines meet required sanitation temperatures, food safety inspections be extended for 120 days for restaurants with an "A" rating, and increasing party size from 5 to 10 persons (see pages 7- 10 of the order)
  • Other business guidlines from the last April order are extended for those businesses
  • Live performance venues, amusement parks/rides, and bars remain closed (see page 13 of the order)
  • Movie Theaters and Bowling Alleys may have parties of up to 10 persons (see pages 17-18 of the order)
  • New rules for childcare facilities (see pages 21-23 of the order)
  • Summer camp rules (see pages 23-26 of the order)
An additional order was issued to explain that newly licensed drivers that have received a license during the pandemic must take the required tests by September 30. That order is available HERE.

If you have any questions related to business portion of these orders, please reach out to the Georgia Department of Economic Development at or the Georgia Department of Public Health at