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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on October 5, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Georgia, we recommend that you visit the COVID-19: State Services in Georgia website, the Department of Public Health's COVID-19 Materials and Resources or the Department of Community Affairs' COVID-19 Resources.

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Description of Program and Relief

Reopening Certain Non-Essential Businesses

On May 28, 2020, Governor Brian P. Kemp issued an Executive Order No., which allows certain non-essential business to resume operations.

Business that may resume in-person operations include:

  • Estheticians,

  • Hair designers,

  • Licensed massage therapists,

  • Restaurants and eating establishments (subject to additional sanitary measures),

  • Non-profits,

  • Retail businesses,

  • Cinemas and theatres,

  • Gyms and fitness centers,

  • Bowling alleys,

  • Overnight summer camps, and

  • Bars and nightclubs,

Businesses not yet allowed to resume in-person operations include:

  • Public swimming pools,

  • Amusement parks, and

  • Concert halls and performance venues.

All businesses that reopen must comply with minimum COVID-19 mitigation and exposure measures, including screening workers for signs of illness; requiring symptomatic workers to not report to work; enhancing workplace sanitation policies and procedures; providing appropriate personal protective equipment to workers based on function; implementing measures to prevent congregation of workers through staggered shifts and teleworking; prohibiting unnecessary person-to-person contact, such as handshaking; and enforcing 6-feet social distancing measures by persons on the premises. No more than 25 people are allowed to gather in a single location at a time. For a full list of requirements consult Governor Kemp’s Executive Order available here and here.

Businesses should check for any additional city or county restrictions.

Government or Lead Agency

Office of the Governor.

Dates Available

Currently available.

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

See the list of business-types above and refer to Governor Kemp’s Executive Order here and here.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)


Contact for More Information

For additional guidance from the Georgia Department of Economic Development call (404) 962-4000.

List of Additional Information

Access to all of Governor Kemp’s orders is available here.

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