I will be hosting another Virtual Town Hall on Sunday, 4 pm, using Facebook Live! You can join me here for the event

Feel free to email me questions beforehand at betsy@betsyforgeorgia.com, or add them to the chat during the event. 


Even though the General Assembly is still suspended, it’s been a busy week. 

Governor Kemp finally issued a Stay in Place Executive Order. While I fear the governor waited too long and made the order too lax, I am still encouraged that citizens across the state will be doing a bit more to contain the spread of COVID-19, which can only help our frontline healthcare workers. 

Absentee ballot requests hit everyone’s mailboxes, the beginning of what is surely to be Georgia’s first-ever election determined predominantly by mail-in voting. Don’t forget to fill out your absentee ballot, add postage, and drop it in the mail! Your ballot will then be mailed to you. 

Finally, we learned that our public school students will not return to their classrooms before the end of the school year.


SHELTER IN PLACE FOR THE STATE OF GEORGIA

Governor Kemp’s Executive Order to Shelter in Place took effect on Friday at 6:00 pm. 

The basic rule of the order requires that all residents should be sheltering in place at their place of residence until Monday, April 13.

You can still leave your home to buy groceries, purchase medical equipment, purchase items necessary to work from home, and carry out other activities related to health and well-being (like going to the doctor or picking up a prescription).

The order will temporarily close gyms, bowling alleys, performance venues, and other indoor recreation spaces. It closes restaurants for dining in but still allows take-out and delivery.

The executive order gives criteria for minimum basic operations and critical infrastructure that would allow businesses that stay open to implement measures which mitigate the exposure and spread of COVID-19 among its workforce. 

Note that the SIP order expires on April 13. This is likely because that’s when the governor’s expanded executive powers expire along with the declaration of the state of emergency. The state of emergency will likely be renewed (how could it not?) which would allow the governor to extend the SIP as well.

The statewide Shelter in Place order supersedes any local government orders. So, if you were accustomed to following the City of Atlanta’s Stay at Home order, you might want to familiarize yourself with the statewide Stay In Place order – this is a helpful resource.

I’m among those who were disappointed that the statewide order still allows for beaches, golf courses, and houses of worship to remain open. While you can still legally go to those places, please don’t. 


This is the latest compiled data from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. As of noon today, there were 6160 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1239 hospitalized, and 201 deaths. 

VOTING INFORMATION

The Presidential Preference Primary has been delayed until May 19th, which is the election for state and local offices. If you have already voted, your vote for the primary has been counted! But you will need to vote again on May 19th for state and local offices. 

All registered voters will receive an absentee ballot request form for the May 19th election. You must fill out that form and return it by mail, fax, email (as an attachment), or in-person to the Fulton County Board of Registrar’s Office:

130 PEACHTREE ST SW SUITE 2186

ATLANTA, GA 30303-3460

If mailing your absentee ballot request form, you must attach postage!

Once you receive your ballot, it must be submitted no later than the close of polls on Election Day. Delivery can be either U.S. first class mail or hand delivered by the voter. If mailing, you must affix postage to the ballot envelope. Ballots received after the polls close cannot be counted.   

Check your voter status


ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOOD DISTRIBUTION CHANGE 

Food distribution is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mondays ONLY beginning April 13 at these anchor sites:

Bunche Middle School – 1925 Niskey Lake Rd., SW, Atlanta, GA 30331

Cleveland Avenue Elementary School – 2672 Old Hapeville Rd., SW, Atlanta, GA 30315

Douglass High School – 225 Hamilton E Holmes Dr., NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Phoenix Academy (formerly Alonzo Crim High School) – 256 Clifton St., SE, Atlanta, GA 30317

Sylvan Hills Middle School – 1461 Sylvan Rd., SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

Booker T. Washington High School – 45 Whitehouse Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 3031

Hope-Hill Elementary School – 112 Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

King Middle School – 545 Hill St SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Thomasville Heights Elementary School – 1820 Henry Thomas Dr. SE, Atlanta, GA 30315

Young Middle School – 3116 Benjamin E Mays Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30311

Those five-day breakfast and lunch meals will be delivered through our bus delivery service on only Monday using the same route schedule: https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/Page/62031

Second, a bag of weekly groceries will be available to families at our five anchor sites:

Bunche Middle School – 1925 Niskey Lake Rd., SW, Atlanta, GA 30331

Cleveland Avenue Elementary School – 2672 Old Hapeville Rd., SW, Atlanta, GA 30315

Douglass High School – 225 Hamilton E Holmes Dr., NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Phoenix Academy (formerly Alonzo Crim High School) – 256 Clifton St., SE, Atlanta, GA 30317

Sylvan Hills Middle School – 1461 Sylvan Rd., SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

If you would like to volunteer at any of our food distribution sites, sign up here.

More information about the APS Food Distribution Program is available here.


RESOURCES

The Georgia COVID-19 Hotline is 1-844-442-2681.

Food Assistance 

  • Find a food bank in your area here.  
  • Find food assistance programs near you here
  • Student meal pick up locations by school-district here

Resources for Service Workers 

  • Food service workers can find assistance from The Giving Kitchen here.
  • Domestic workers can access emergency assistance funds here.

Educational Resources

  • Access at-home learning resources from Georgia Public Broadcasting and the Georgia Department of Education here.

Small Business Resources 

  • Small businesses can apply for SBA emergency loans here.

SNAP Program

  • SNAP Benefits for all current recipients have been extended through June 2020.
  • Apply for SNAP benefits here.

Unemployment Services

  • The Georgia Department of Labor is providing online access to unemployment services, partial claim access for employers and other reemployment services.
  • File unemployment and other claims here.

Other Resources

CDC page on COVID-19

City of Brookhaven COVID-19 page

City of Atlanta COVID-19 page

Georgia Department of Public Health Daily Status Report (updated daily at 12 pm and 7 pm) 

Federal Disaster Loan Assistance

Atlanta Public Schools Food Distribution Sites


If you haven’t already, please browse my website, betsyforgeorgia.com.

As your Representative, your concerns are important to me. Please contact me at betsy.holland@house.ga.gov or 404-656-0116 with questions, concerns, or solutions you may have regarding legislation or other happenings in District 54.

To stay updated, follow me on Twitter and Facebook,, and follow the Georgia House of Representatives @GAHouseHub on Twitter. Additionally, in-depth information regarding current bills, Georgia’s annual and supplemental budgets, committee meetings, and livestreams from the General Assembly can be accessed via www.legis.ga.gov.

When this is all over, I encourage you and your family to visit our State Capitol and my office, where all constituents are welcome. I look forward to connecting with you!

My office is located at:
18 Capitol Square, SW
409-B, Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Atlanta, Georgia 30334

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your representative.

Representative Betsy Holland
GA House District 54

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