COVID-19 Restrictions

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Governor Brian Kemp signed an Executive Order into effect Thursday afternoon, which bans local governments from enforcing COVID-19 restrictions on businesses.

“That’s why the Executive Order I signed today will ensure that businesses cannot be forced to follow local government ordinances regarding COVID-19,” Kemp said. “Local governments will not be able to force businesses to be the city’s mask police, the vaccine police or any other burdensome restriction that will only lead to employees being let go, revenue tanking and businesses closing their doors.

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Georgia's governor says he expects health care workers in Georgia will begin being vaccinated against COVID-19 in the second or third week of December.

Gov. Brian Kemp's remarks came Monday as health officials are watching for an expected increase in coronavirus infections following Thanksgiving.

Georgia is averaging more than 3,000 confirmed and probable cases a day. Nearly 2,200 people were in Georgia hospitals on Monday with confirmed cases of COVID-19, the highest number since Sept. 1.


Governor Brian Kemp extended the current public health executive order and COVID-19 restrictions. 


The executive order went into effect this morning and runs until October 31st. It reiterates an executive ban on gatherings of more than fifty people and elaborates that groups over fifty are only allowed if they are spread across more than one single location. 


Athens-Clarke County Mayor Kelly Girtz joins us to talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic is unfolding in Athens, and his call to Governor Brian Kemp for more help from the state.




A recent study shows Georgia is among the states with the least amount of limitations in place during the pandemic. The personal finance website, WalletHub released its rankings for the States with the Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions. With 1 being the fewest and 50 the most; Georgia was number 10 on that list.