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Georgia Gov. Overrides Cities’ Shelter-In-Place Order, Reopens Beaches Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) has issued an executive order reopening beaches this weekend, overriding local shelter-in-place mandates from a number of cities amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Saturday.

The order would allow popular beaches in Georgia, such as Tybee Island, to reopen after they had closed because of local measures aimed at limiting the community spread of COVID-19.

“The Governor’s Executive Order suspends the enforcement of any local ordinance or order adopted or issued since March 1, 2020, that relates to COVID-19,” said Josh Hildebrandt, director of public and governmental affairs for the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

“This Executive Order thus lifted any local ordinances or orders that had closed or restricted access to Georgia beaches,” superseding local government blocks and opening all beaches in Georgia, Hildebrandt added.

The order went into effect Friday night at 6 p.m. It allows for people to exercise outside as long as they maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other individuals.

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