Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has signed a Shelter-in-Place Executive Order for the entire state in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The order requires residents and visitors to shelter within their homes or places of residence, “taking every possible precaution to limit social interaction to prevent spread of COVID-19.” The order goes into effect today (April 3) and is expected to stay in place until April 13, according to CBS 46.

Exceptions for leaving home include conducting or participating in “essential services;” performing necessary travel; and traveling to or from performing the minimum basic operations for a business, establishment, non-profit, or organization not classified as a critical infrastructure.

Essential services include “obtaining necessary supplies and services for family or household members, such as food and supplies for household consumption and use, medical supplies or medication, supplies and equipment needed to work from home, and products needed to maintain safety, sanitation, and essential maintenance of the home.”

Individuals are also allowed to leave home to engage in outdoor exercise but must maintain a minimum six feet between all persons.

Violation of the Order can be punished with a misdemeanor charge.

As of April 3, there have been 5,444 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 176 deaths statewide.

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