Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said today during his COVID-19 GEMA press conference that he will be issuing a shelter-in-place order in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Kemp said he will sign the order Thursday and it will go into effect Friday, running through April 13. Govrnor Kemp also announced all K-12 public schools will be closed for the rest of the school year.
“I want to encourage my fellow Georgians to hang in there. I know you are tired of this. I know you want to return to business as usual, but we must first overcome the obstacles we have in our path,” Kemp said at his briefing.
Under the new power of the order, Kemp said he will be enforcing the new shelter-in-place restrictions using law enforcement. People caught not complying with the order will be punished with a fine or misdemeanor.