Georgia Shelter-In-Place Order Expiring at 11:59pm April 30th
COLUMBUS MAYOR SKIP HENDERSON DISCUSSES THE END OF THE SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDER FOR THE STATE OF GEORGIA
Georgia’s shelter-in-place order expires at 11:59pm eastern time on April 30th.
Governor Brian Kemp will formally extend the public health state of emergency through June 12th to “continue enhanced testing across Georgia, ramp up contact tracing, and maintain effective emergency response operations in every region,” per the Governors office.
Gov. Kemp is also signing an order to require medically fragile and elder Georgians to shelter-in-place through June 12th. Elderly Georgians are considered ages 65 and older.
Columbus, Georgia Mayor Skip Henderson is urging his citizens to continue to practice social distancing and use caution when going out in public, even with the shelter-in-place order expiring.
“From Muscogee County’s perspective, here in Columbus, we’re going to continue to push forward the same message we have been presenting,” says Henderson. “For the next couple of weeks, try to stay home if you can. If you need to go out, just be smart about it.”
One of the most difficult decisions for government leaders right now is weighing their options to reopen, while making sure their citizens are safe.
“This has always been about the human suffering of a medical crisis, but it also has a profound financial impact, particularly on the small businesses,” said Henderson. “We’ve been pretty vocal about urging our citizens that when they do go out try to support locally owned businesses.”
With restrictions being eased, more and more businesses can reopen their doors.
“With the governors beginning to implement sort of phasing in of some of those businesses that had been closed, most businesses with the exception of a couple of industries are able to get back to some normalcy.”
According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, as of 2 pm on April 30th, Muscogee county had 302 confirmed coronavirus cases.
Georgia has over 1,100 COVID-19 deaths. Columbus, the second largest city in the peach state only accounts for 7 of those as of noon eastern time on April 30th.
“I give all the credit to the people that live in this community. They have proven again that they want to do right by themselves and their families, but they also are looking after their neighbors,” said Henderson. “Because of the social distancing and the way they have continued to pursue the recommendations of the CDC, we have kept our curve relatively flat. Our positive cases will continue to increase as more testing becomes available, but our hospitalization rate has remained very manageable.”