Commission Chairman Stacy Hall on Gov. Kemp's Order

Habersham Co. - Below is a message from Habersham County Commission Chairman Stacy Hall regarding Gov. Brian Kemp's shelter-in-place order.

"The Habersham County Commission received Governor Kemp's Executive Order at 6:19 PM tonight. The Commission has reviewed the document and affirms the directives within the Order.

The Order will go into effect starting at 6 PM on Friday, April 3, 2020 through 11:59 PM on Monday, April 13, 2020.

In summary, the Order lists several business categories that must cease in-person operations and close to the public during this time.  Remaining businesses fall into two broad categories:  Critical Infrastructure and Non-Critical Infrastructure.  Both of these broader categories are explained in the attached Guidance by the Dept. of Homeland Security.  Critical Infrastructure may continue in-person operations while the state encourages implementation of 16 recommendations.  Non-critical infrastructure businesses must follow social distancing guidelines, only engage in Minimum Basic Operations, and meet 20 other requirements.

For individuals and families, all residents and visitors of Georgia are required to shelter in place in their residences.  There are four exceptions to this rule:  Engaging in Essential Services, Working in Critical Infrastructure, Engaging in Minimum Basic Operations, and Performing Necessary Travel.

Essential Services includes obtaining necessary supplies and services for your household and engaging in outdoor activities provided there is at least 6 feet between people who do not live in the same household.

The Governor's Order supersedes all local ordinances and no local ordinance can be more or less restrictive.

The Order can be enforced by several state agencies.  Any person who violates this order shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

The County has posted the Executive Order, a Summary of the Executive Order, Guidance of the Essential Critical Infrastructure, and an infographic related to Essential Critical Infrastructure on the County website at  The County strongly recommends that all citizens familiarize themselves with this Order.

"These directives were put in place by the Governor for the safety of every community within the state. It is imperative that we follow these guidelines. As a community, we are all eager for this time to pass, and it will. In the interim, lets come together and do what is required to rid our country of this terrible virus," said Stacy Hall, Chairman of the Habersham County Board of Commissioners."

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