Gov. Kemp Town Hall Tonight / School Closures Extended

3.26.2020

Greetings,

The coronavirus continues to spread rapidly, both across the nation and in Georgia. Please stay safe and continue to be diligent. We have not reached peak yet, and we all must do our part to limit/stop the spread of the virus.

Statewide Town Hall Tonight at 8 PM

Governor Kemp will address the state in a televised and streamed town hall tonight at 8:00 p.m. He will address the state's ongoing response to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

This will air on 11Alive, Channel 2 (WSB-TV), CBS46, Georgia Public Broadcasting, FOX 5 Atlanta, and Univision 34 Atlanta.

Public School Closures Extended

Governor Kemp issued an Executive Order today directing that public schools remain closed until April 24th. Students may be allowed to return to school on Monday, April 27, 2020, but that will depend on where things stand at that time.

Online Learning for Higher Education

The University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia will remain closed for in-person instruction through the rest of the semester since students have already transitioned to all online learning.

Time Period Extended for Driver's License and ID Renewals

Governor Kemp issued an Executive Order stating that the expiration dates for all valid Georgia driver's licenses and ID cards that are due to expire between today and June 30th are extended by 120 days.

Voting

The Secretary of State will be mailing absentee ballot request forms to all active voters. The goal is to encourage the use of absentee ballots for the May 19th primary. You can read more about it here. The information provided here shows you how you can return your ballot request via email:

DeKalb
Gwinnett

Small Business Administration Emergency Loans

In addition to the impact on health, I am extremely concerned about the economic impact. Today, the Small Business Administration announced that Georgia has received an official statewide disaster declaration. This declaration provides assistance in the form of SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans to impacted small businesses. Loans are available for small businesses and non-profit organizations. More information can be found here.

Federal Stimulus Package

The Senate passed the legislation and the House is expected to do so tomorrow.

Here is a link with details.

The bill includes:

- Direct payments to individuals (there are threshold limits)

- Student loan payments suspended

- Increase in unemployment benefits

- Loans from Treasury to businesses

- Money for hospitals

- Gig workers and independent contractors will be eligible for federal aid

Best,
Scott



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