Governor Kemp and Atlanta Mayor Issue Executive Orders

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On Monday, March 23rd, both Georgia’s Governor, Brian Kemp, and City of Atlanta Mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, issued separate Executive Orders to try to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Our industry/firm is considered an “essential business”.  As such, we will continue to operate while observing proper social distancing in all of our offices and operations during this crisis and any “shelter in place” orders like the ones detailed below. 

Our top priority is to keep our clients, customers and team members as safe as possible.  Stay tuned for additional information later today about how our policies and procedures are adapting to these new orders.  

The Governor’s order instituted a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people and ordered a shelter in place for “medically fragile” residents for two weeks beginning at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, March 24th.  The Governor’s order bans all gatherings of more than 10 people unless they can assure spacing of “at least six feet between people at all times.” At minimum, the “medically fragile” shelter in place order covers those who live in a long-term care facility, have chronic lung disease, are undergoing cancer treatment, have a positive COVID-19 test, are suspected to have COVID-19 because of their symptoms and exposure, or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.

The Mayor’s order directs all Atlanta residents to stay inside their homes except as necessary “to provide or receive certain essential services or engage in certain essential activities and work for essential business and government services.”  Essential businesses exempt from the order include law firms conducting closings, as well as banks, grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, laundromats, parks, the Atlanta BeltLine and restaurants serving takeout.  Essential activities exempt from the order include those activities necessary to health and safety, to obtain household and family supplies, to engage in outdoor activities such as walking, hiking or running, to perform work providing essential services, and to care for a family member.

The Mayor’s order “strongly encourages” all essential businesses to remain open and MMH is prepared to do just that.

To read the orders in their entirety, click the links below.

Governor’s Executive Order 03/23/20

Mayor’s Executive Order 03/23/20

These are extraordinary circumstances we’re living in and we appreciate the continued partnership, support and understanding as we navigate these uncertain times.  We are available to answer any questions you may have about the details you’ve read above or to discuss your transaction specifically.  Please send an email to

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