April 22, 2020
CONTACT: Lindsey Wiles
MARIETTA – On Monday, April 20, 2020, Governor Brian Kemp issued a statewide Executive Order which laid out plans to reopen the State of Georgia for certain businesses. This Executive Order takes precedent over any local actions regulating how businesses operate during the Public Health State of Emergency.
The Executive Order to Provide Flexibility for Healthcare Practices, Moving Certain Business to Minimum Operations, and Provide for Emergency Response gives information on how certain businesses and medical practices may reopen for business. This order also allows for the reopening of all gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, tattoo parlors, and massage therapists provided that specified measures are taken to mitigate the exposure and spread of COVID-19. Not contained in this Executive Order, the Governor issued an additional executive order opening movie theatres and restaurants for dine-in service beginning Monday, April 27, 2020. That order can be found here.
Effective April 24, 2020, the following businesses may now reopen provided that they follow the guidelines outlined in the Order dated April 20, 2020:
- Gyms & Fitness Centers
- Hair designers
- Beauty shops and salons (including home beauty shops and salons)
- Barber shops (including home barber shops)
- Cosmetology, hair design, barbering, esthetics, nail care & schools thereof
- Licensed massage therapists
- Body art studios (commonly known as tattoo parlors)
- Bowling Alleys
*The Board of Cosmetology issued some guidelines for salons and barbers for best practices to utilize once they reopen – that information can be found on the Governor’s website.
Business which will remained closed until further notice by Governor Kemp:
- Live performance venues
- Operators of amusement parks
These businesses may now reopen under the Governor’s Order effective Monday, April 27, 2020 provided that they follow the guidelines outlined in an order released by Governor Kemp at a later date.
- Movie Theaters
If you have questions regarding the Governor’s Order, here are some helpful phone numbers of offices you can call to get clarification:
The office of the Governor, Brian Kemp
Constituent Services: 404-656-1776