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Georgia governor issues renewal of state of emergency
On April 30, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued an executive order renewing the public health state of emergency. The extension renews Kemp’s previous emergency order set to expire on May 13. The extension is valid for an additional 30 days and will expire on June 13.
Georgia Department of Banking and Finance issues bulletin regarding lending, liquidity, business continuity, and regulatory reporting
The Georgia Department of Banking and Finance has issued its monthly bulletin for financial institutions in which it provides guidance on lending, liquidity, business continuity planning, and regulatory reporting. Among other things, the department reiterates the importance of liquidity risk management during Covid-19 and urges financial institutions to consider the impact of certain scenarios on their liquidity. The department also provides questions that financial institutions should consider as part of their pandemic planning. The bulletin also notes that, for banks and credit unions, the department is implementing electronic document and payment submission for correspondence, applications, and requests, including any applicable fees.
Georgia authorizes remote notarization
On March 31, the governor of Georgia issued an executive order suspending requirements of Georgia’s property code that notarizations of deeds and other instruments to record interests in real property occur in person. Instead, any such requirement can now be satisfied by the use of real time audio-video conference. In addition, the order permits required witnesses to appear remotely. The suspension will last until the state of emergency in Georgia is terminated.
Georgia governor issues shelter in place executive order for specific populations
On March 23, Georgia’s governor issued an Executive Order ordering specific populations to shelter in place and limiting the number of persons gathered in a single location. The order does not address financial institutions or otherwise identify categories of essential business, and expires on April 6.
Georgia Dept. of Banking and Finance issues closing guidance
The Georgia Department of Banking and Finance issued a statement to Georgia state-chartered banks and credit unions regarding emergency closing notification procedures. The statement provides that Georgia state-chartered financial institutions have the discretion to close business operations in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency, including situations where an emergency is imminent. The Deputy Commissioner for Supervision must be notified in the event of a main office and/or branch closure, or an alteration of the normal delivery of banking services.