Georgia Governor Orders Bars, Clubs Closed Amid Coronavirus

Mar 23, 2020

Georgia's governor will order bars and nightclubs around the state to close because of the coronavirus. Gov. Brian Kemp said the order will take effect at noon on Tuesday and last for just under two weeks. He said the state would also ban gatherings of 10 or more people unless people could maintain 6 feet of distance.

A couple walks past the marquee of the Georgia Theatre Friday, March 20, 2020, in Downton Athens, Ga. A note posted on the theatre's door says they are close and all shows are postponed.
Credit AP Photo/John Bazemore

The Department of Public Health would have the authority to shut down businesses that don't comply. Kemp had previously ordered schools to close. Kemp's announcement came as the number of cases of the virus in the state rose to more than 770. The death toll remained at 25.