PRESS RELEASE/ CITY OF JACKSON
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Kay Pippin, Mayor
City of Jackson
On Monday, April 20, 2020, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed an Executive Order to incrementally reopen select businesses in our state with specific restrictions and guidelines.
Governor Kemp ordered that gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, cosmetologists, hair designers, nail care artists and massage therapists can begin basic operations on Friday, April 24. Governor Kemp stated, “The entities that I am reopening are not reopening for ‘business as usual.’” According to the Governor, these businesses must implement measures to mitigate the exposure and spread of COVID-19 which include, but are not limited to, screening workers for fever and respiratory illness, enhancing workplace sanitation, wearing masks and gloves, separating workplaces by six feet, teleworking if possible and staggering shifts.
Governor Kemp further provided that all healthcare-related practices and services are to begin treating patients as soon as practicable. This order includes the performance of elective surgeries and will not be subject to minimum basic operations restrictions.
In-person church services will be allowed to resume with strict social-distancing rules in place. Governor Kemp has stated, “I urge faith leaders to continue to help us in this effort and keep their congregations safe by heeding the advice of public health officials.” Pursuant to the Governor, online, call-in and drive-in services remain good options for religious institutions.
Theaters, private social clubs and dine-in service at restaurants will be allowed to reopen on Monday, April 27, with specific social distancing guidelines and sanitation mandates. The governor’s office states that more details will be released later this week. Bars, nightclubs, amusement parks and live performance venues will remain closed.
The state’s shelter-in-place order will expire at 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020 for most Georgians. The medically fragile and elderly should make plans to shelter in place at least through May 13, 2020.
Mayor Kay Pippin and the City Council wish to thank the citizens of Jackson for their continuing efforts to fight COVID-19. We have come together as a community to support each other and our local economy. However, we ask that you continue to remain vigilant against this disease as our state incrementally opens. Please continue to follow CDC guidance and to shelter in place as often as possible.