Governors Orders

Governor Kemp's Executive Orders Regarding COVID-19

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Attention Georgia Residents

Governor Kemp has issued a Shelter in Place order stating that all Georgia residents must remain in place and only travel for the listed exempted activities until April 13, 2020, at 11:59 PM, or until replaced by a new order. The White County Sheriff's Office would like to remind all residents that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that citizens keep a six (6) foot distance (social distancing) from each other, keep all gatherings to no more than 10 people, and to remember to sanitize. Below is a link to a copy of the order. We understand that this may feel like a scary and trying time. Please know that the White County Sheriff's Office is still working diligently to keep the great citizens of this county safe.


On April 3, 2020, Governor Brian Kemp sent out Executive Order, granting local Sheriffs the ability to enforce the current emergency order. This gives the Sheriff and his agency the ability to enforce the closure of businesses, establishments, corporations, non-profit corporations, or organizations in accordance with Executive Order


On Wednesday, April 8, 2020, Governor Kemp signed three orders to update the state on the current State of Emergency. The executive orders are as follows-

- Governor Kemp signed an order activating an additional 1,000 members of the Georgia National Guard, thus placing the number of activated members at 3,000. Additionally, the order extending the activation period through May 13,2020.

Ga National Guard Executive Order.pdf

- Governor Kemp signed an order suspending short-term rentals (vacation rentals), effective April 9, 2020 at 12:00 AM through April 30,2020 at 11:59 PM. (Exceptions apply, please see order for additional details).

Executive Order Suspension of Short Term Rentals.pdf

- Governor Kemp signed regarding nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

Executive Order Nursing Homes.pdf

On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, Governor Kemp signed an additional order to begin the process to open the state of Georgia back to pre-pandemic operations. Kemp has maintained the social distancing order, and also requested that, when feasible, the general public wear face coverings. Please refer to the following file for more information.