Georgia Governor Kemp to Reopen Some Businesses as Early as Friday
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp plans to allow certain businesses to reopen this week, including fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, hair and nail salons, and massage therapy businesses, which could reopen as early as Friday, April 24. Theaters and restaurants will be allowed to open on Monday, April 27, while bars and night clubs will remain closed for now.
Gov. Kemp said, “Informed by the Coronavirus Task Force and public health officials, ‘Opening Up America Again’ includes three phases to safely reopen and get folks back to work. To initiate Phase One, a state must meet a series of basic criteria, which can be tailored to reflect specific circumstances for a regional or statewide approach.
“For weeks now, our state has taken targeted action to prevent, detect, and address the spread of coronavirus by leveraging data and advice from health officials in the public and private sectors. Thanks to this methodical approach and the millions of Georgians who have worked diligently to slow the spread of coronavirus, we are on track to meet the gating criteria for Phase One,” he added.
The move to initiate the reopening process broke from what the majority of other state leaders are doing and drew criticism from some for going against public health official warnings.
The Governor said the move to reopen some businesses was made based on “the favorable data, enhanced testing, and approval of our healthcare professionals…” He noted, unlike other businesses, these entities have been unable to manage inventory, deal with payroll, and take care of administrative items while we shelter in place. “This measure allows them to undertake baseline operations that most other businesses in the state have maintained since I issued the shelter-in-place order,” he said.
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