Gov. Kemp declares health emergency, suggests churches cancel services

Gov. Brian Kemp speaks at Fayette Chamber event. Photo/Ron Kupferberg-ARKAY Studios.
Gov. Brian Kemp speaks at Fayette Chamber event in 2019. Photo/Ron Kupferberg-ARKAY Studios.

Gov. Brian Kemp following President Trump’s national emergency declaration on March 13 issued a public health emergency in Georgia, and suggested that faith-based organizations and others consider cancelling public events and services.

“Based on President Trump’s emergency declaration, I will declare a public health emergency for the State of Georgia tomorrow morning,” Kemp said. “This declaration will greatly assist health and emergency management officials across Georgia by deploying all available resources for the mitigation and treatment of COVID-19. In accordance with state law, I will call for a special session of the General Assembly to convene at the State Capitol at 8 a.m. on March 16 to ratify this action through a joint resolution.”

Continuing his statements, Kemp said, “At this time, it is appropriate for faith-based organizations and similar entities to consider cancellation of public events and services. Contact your local public health office or consult official sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Public Health, for helpful guidance on decision-making. Elderly citizens and those with chronic, underlying health conditions face a serious threat to their health, and we must do everything in our power to reduce risk associated with this virus. Continue to support one another, be mindful of potential exposure, use best practices to prevent infection, and pray for your fellow Americans in the weeks ahead.”