Georgia Governor announces business reopenings by the end of the week

Georgia Governor announces business reopenings by the end of the week

The governor's actions line up with the phase one of reopening seen in the guidelines issued last week by President Donald Trump's administration. States need to demonstrate a two-week downward trend in new cases, insure that hospitals have enough beds for patients and adequate testing measures are in place.

"It just seems like it's too early", Jones said. The beaches may reopen on Tuesday and groups of three people or more are not allowed and will be dispersed, according to the statement.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says he respects Georgia's right to handle the coronavirus pandemic how it wants, but he's a little anxious about the latest announcement from Gov. Brian Kemp (R).

Under the order hair salons, barber shops, fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, nail salons, and massage therapy businesses can reopen as early Friday, April 24. Theaters, private social clubs and restaurants will be allowed to reopen April 27.

Ian Jones, who owns four restaurants in the Atlanta area with about 100 employees, said he's concerned that Kemp's order could force people to reopen before they are ready because lenders and landlords might stop being forgiving. But the state has one of the lowest testing rates, ranking 42nd out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, giving health officials less data on the reach of the illness to base decisions on reopening, the data showed.

"It appears the governor's order supersedes anything I can do as mayor, but I still have my voice and what I will continue to do is ask Atlantans to please stay at home", Bottoms told ABC News.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) stunned his constituents and drew national concern on Monday after he announced a partial reopening of essential businesses would move forward in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

Businesses will now be allowed to operate under a 20% occupancy capacity, equivalent to five people per 1,000 square feet.

"I'm perplexed that we have opened up in this way", Bottoms said.

McMaster also closed all nonessential businesses, making it near impossible for many local retail stores to generate any profits.

Georgia is among a half dozen states that will allow more business activity this week or next. "While doing the least possible damage at least permanent damage to our businesses", McMaster explained.

In Tennessee, Gov. Bill Lee said his stay-at-home order will not be extended past April 30, and that some businesses around the state will begin reopening next week, although he has not specified which type of businesses are in the clear yet.

Which types of businesses slated to reopen first have yet to be determined.

In an interview with WXIA-TV on Friday, the governor said he favors uniform steps toward normalcy in Georgia to avoid a "hodgepodge" of varying approaches between cities and counties.

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