GMA has put together a guide for the Georgia COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act (SB 359). The Act was passed by the Georgia General Assembly during the waning weeks of the 2020 legislative session and became effective on August 7, 2020. It provides protection from COVID-19 claims and lawsuits to a wide range of entities, including local governments from state law claims related to the transmission of COVID-19.
On July 31, Governor Kemp issued an extensive and detailed Executive Order. This is a summary prepared by GMA’s Legal Department explaining that order and its impact on local governments.
GMA exists to serve our 538 cities and protecting Home Rule is one of the bedrock principles we support and defend. This is why our legal brief filed on July 21 guards your right to establish policies for your buildings and your employees and customers, and to protect Home Rule, a right we believe is grounded in Georgia law and one afforded to every city. Follow the link to watch GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson’s statement and to read the GMA Amicus Brief: Governor Kemp v. the Mayor and City Council of the city of Atlanta.