There’s much confusion with the current COVID-19 guidelines in Atlanta. Here are some helpful answers to the most typical questions.
Q: What is Atlanta’s reopening plan?
Atlanta has a 3-phase reopening schedule and is currently in Phase 3. This part of the plan includes asking people to wear masks in public, keeping the vulnerable populations at home, social distancing, and allowing limited occupancy in food and retail locations throughout the city. The city is also asking for businesses to establish strict cleaning and disinfecting strategies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Also, if the area’s infection rate increases significantly, such as hospital or critical care capacity falls below 50%, Atlanta returns to Phase 2.
Q: Is it mandatory to wear a mask in Atlanta during the COVID-19 pandemic?
It’s a little tricky determining the mask mandate in Atlanta. Governor Brian Kemp has issued an executive order banning mandates, while still urging residents and visitors to wear masks. The city’s leaders are strongly urging residents and visitors to follow CDC recommendations for wearing a cloth face covering when out in public to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Additionally, some areas of the city appear to have mandatory requirements, such as any airports. According to regulations, anyone entering an airport without a face covering will be asked to leave.
Q: Are restaurants open in Atlanta?
Yes! Governor Brian Kemp has allowed all restaurants in the state, including in Atlanta to open at full capacity with no restrictions. Both city and state officials are asking residents and visitors to continue following social distancing recommendations and wear a mask when not eating at indoor locations. In addition, stringent cleaning and disinfecting protocols should be in place.
Q: Are gyms open in Atlanta?
Yes! There are very few restrictions and regulations in the city for COVID-19. Members should be aware of the individual requirements set by businesses to safeguard employees and other patrons. Some locations’ new guidelines may include temperature checks, distancing, and capacity limits.
Q: What businesses and services are open in Atlanta?
Under Atlanta’s reopening guidelines for Phase 3, businesses are encouraged to still practice teleworking where possible. Non-essential government facilities in the city are closed. No private businesses are closed or required to stop operating in Atlanta or Georgia at this time.
Q: What does Atlanta define as “essential business” during COVID?
During COVID-19 restrictions, the city considers the following businesses essential,
- Healthcare operations
- Grocery stores
- Farmers’ markets
- Food banks
- Food cultivation (farming, livestock, fishing)
- Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services for economically disadvantaged individuals
- Gas stations
- Auto dealers and parts suppliers
- Hardware stores
- Hotels, motels, and conference centers
- Banks and financial institutions
- HVAC providers
- Mailing and shipping services
- Newspapers, television, radio, and media services
- Educational providers
- Food delivery
- Professional services (legal and accounting)
Q: Are large gatherings allowed in Atlanta?
Atlanta and the State of Georgia have a ban on gatherings with over 50 people unless they can maintain a distance of six feet apart. If Atlanta has 100 or more positive cases per 100,000 residents over a 14-day period, it can impose a local face-covering requirement. The current executive order is set to expire on November 9th unless extended by Governor Kemp.
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