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Gov. Kemp Signs April 23 Executive Order  

Gov. Kemp Signs April 23 Executive Order
Today, April 23, Governor Kemp released his latest Executive Order providing guidance for reviving a healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19. Read the full order.
The governor’s office has also created an in-depth guide on his executive order that answers the following questions:

  • Which new entities can engage in Minimum Basic Operations?
  • What are Minimum Basic Operations?
  • Can healthcare facilities conduct elective surgeries?
  • How does this Executive Order apply to places of worship?
  • Is the Governor’s Shelter in Place Order still in effect?

Download the complete guide. Cities can also access the safety guidelines for reopening barber and cosmetology salons here.
In addition, GMA is currently updating its Coronavirus Disease 2019 FAQ for Municipal Government to reflect the governor’s latest executive order and will share with all members in the Friday, April 24, COVID-19 alert.

WEBINAR: COVID-19 & Georgia's Homeless Population: Impact and Solutions

This webinar will look at how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted Georgia's homeless population. Participants will learn what efforts have been undertaken to address the needs of Georgia's homeless population, as well as receive an overview of the objectives and recommendations from Gov. Kemp's COVID-19 Task Force's Committee for the Homeless and Displaced which is chaired by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Best practices, federal and state funding sources as well as the role of the local Continuum of Care and non-profit community to address the unique needs posted by COVID-19 on Georgia's homeless and unsheltered population will be discussed. Register for the webinar today.

GMA Provides Update on CARES 3.5 

On Tuesday, April 21, the Senate approved an interim federal aid package to provide $484 billion to small businesses and hospitals. The House is expected to approve the bill today, and the President has promised to sign it. Unfortunately, this interim legislation does not include funding for local governments, a top priority for GMA and its 538 member cities. Discussions on a fourth supplemental bill are already underway, and it is imperative that city officials remain in contact with Georgia’s Congressional delegation and the White House to provide information about your city’s needs to meet virus-related expenditures, shore up lost revenues and maintain provision of critical services. Please contact Becky Taylor at GMA for any questions. Read more on CARES 3.5 and the fourth supplemental bill.

USDA Offers Temporary Payment Deferrals for the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program

The USDA is temporarily deferring payment for borrowers participating in the USDA Community Facilities Direct Loan program due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The USDA Community Facilities Direct Loan Program will temporarily allow borrowers with direct loans to request payment deferrals to assist those that are experiencing temporary cash flow issues due to the pandemic. Read the public inspection preview. GMA anticipates additional guidance for other USDA programs, including water and sewer programs, which will be available soon.

CDC Announces Nursing Home COVID-19 Transparency Effort

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new regulatory requirements that will require nursing homes to inform residents, their families and representatives of COVID-19 cases in their facilities. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will now require nursing homes to report cases of COVID-19 directly to the CDC. CMS will also require nursing homes to fully cooperate with CDC surveillance efforts around COVID-19 spread.

WEBINARS: Register to Attend

GMA's Coronavirus Resource Center

As GMA receives resources surrounding COVID-19, we will update the Coronavirus Resource Center for Municipal Officials

Additional Resource:

Visit GMA's COVID-19 Resource Center

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