Current Executive Order
10-16-2020 – Executive Order – there are no changes to the mandatory restrictions in place for the operation of retail businesses. The local option for requiring face coverings, subject to specific criteria, remains in place.
GA BOARD OF PHARMACY RULE CHANGES
All emergency rules adopted by the Georgia Board of Pharmacy to date may be found HERE at the Georgia Board of Pharmacy website.
SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE
SBA loans should soon be available to small Georgia businesses struggling with losing customers and cash amid the increased restrictions aimed at containing COVID-19. More information about these loans can be found here.
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE GUIDANCE
The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) has adopted an emergency Rule 300-2-4-0.5 Partial Claims, effective March 16, 2020. The rule mandates all Georgia employers to file partial claims online on behalf of their employees for any week during which an employee (full-time/part-time) works less than full-time due to a partial or total company shutdown caused by the -19 public health emergency. Any employer found to be in violation of this rule will be required to reimburse GDOL for the full amount of unemployment insurance benefits paid to the employee. Download the How Employers File Partial Claims Desk-Aid found on the GDOL Alert Page and follow the step-by-step instructions.
Filing partial claims results in your employees receiving unemployment insurance (UI) benefit payments faster, usually within 48 hours for claims filed electronically. Employees for whom you file a partial claim are NOT required to report to a Georgia Department of Labor career center, register for employment services, or look for other work.
The State of Georgia now has a COVID-19 hotline. If you believe that you, or your employees, are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact The State of Georgia COVID-19 Hotline:(844) 442-2681. Please also contact your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, or your local federally qualified healthcare center. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.
FOR GENERAL UPDATES on COVID-19:
Twitter: Please follow @GeorgiaEMA, @GaDPH and @GovKemp
Facebook: Please follow @GEMA.OHS, @GaDPH and @GovKemp
Governor’s Office, Executive Orders: https://gov.georgia.gov/executive-action/executive-orders-0/2020-executive-orders
Georgia Dept. of Public Health: https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus.
Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency: https://gema.georgia.gov/
Georgia Department of Labor: https://dol.georgia.gov/
Interim Guidance for Business & Employers
This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as considerations for doing so. READ MORE