ATLANTA, Ga. (WALB) - On March 14, Gov. Brian Kemp declared a public health state of emergency as COVID-19 spreads across the state.
In that order, Kemp enacted price gouging controls for the state.
“Businesses may not sell or offer to sell at retail, any goods or services identified by the governor at a price higher than the price at which the goods or services were sold or offered for sale before the declaration of the state of emergency,” according to the Georgia Department of Law’s website. “Price increases on goods or services are permitted only if they accurately reflect an increase in the cost of new stock or the cost to transport it, plus the retailer’s average markup percentage applied during the ten days immediately prior to the declaration of a state of emergency.”
Officials said the Georgia Consumer Protection Division is authorized to investigate scams and price gouging.