Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said the state's beaches are an important option for residents to "maintain their physical and mental health." He issued the statement today to reiterate his stance on opening the state's beaches.
Kemp said state troopers and local law enforcement are working to make sure those visiting the beaches are abiding by the shelter-in-place order. Visitors are not allowed to bring chairs, umbrellas, coolers or other items that encourage group activity.
“During these difficult times, it is vitally important for Georgians to have safe options to maintain their physical and mental health while also abiding by social distancing," Kemp said.
Kemp said most people followed the rules this weekend and patrols reminded people "to follow social distancing or disperse."
He issued a shelter-in-place order on April 2, which supersedes all local orders placed previously.
Following the order, Georgia Department of Natural Resources signed an administrative order Friday on the use of beaches in Georgia.
Georgia's Tybee Island Mayor, Shirley Sessions, announced in a written statement Saturday that she and the Tybee City Council will pursue legal avenues to overturn Kemp's "reckless mandate" to reopen beaches in the state.