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On Monday, April 20, 2020, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued an updated Executive Order that expands the businesses that may engage in minimum basic operations beginning Friday, April 24, 2020. The Order updates Georgia guidelines previously released for sheltering in place. The businesses that can reopen must follow safety guidelines and include healthcare practices, salons, gyms and bowling alleys. The new guidelines also allow restaurants and movie theaters to begin operating statewide next Monday, April 27, 2020.

While the Executive Order updates guidelines for several types of businesses, guidelines for construction-related activities remain the same. The latest Order references the updated Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines that were released on April 17, 2020. These guidelines treat construction as essential to many different industries. To limit COVID-19 disease spread, the CISA also suggests that construction companies in operation follow guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

One important aspect of Gov. Kemps’ Executive Order is that is overrides any local or municipal guidelines that are in conflict with the state-wide order. This includes guidelines that are more and less restrictive. Construction businesses should refer to the state-wide Order to ensure compliance.

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Andy Starnes, CPA, is a Partner and Tax Services Practice Leader Moore Colson. Andy’s specialties include corporate tax compliance and planning, business consulting and multi-generational planning with a focus on the construction, professional services and staffing industries.

 

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