Georgia could have been sensible and elected Stacey Abrams. And maybe they did, seeing as Brian Kemp was also Secretary of State in charge of counting the votes. But be that as it may, they now have him in office and they keep paying the price for it. As Dr. Fauci and others have warned, opening things too early will do more harm than good. And even public opinion is solidly against it, showing poll numbers of 71% of Americans against, and even 56% of Republicans.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced Monday that certain businesses in the state would be able to reopen this week in a "small step forward" out of the social distancing measures meant to mitigate the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Kemp, a Republican, said specifically that fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, hair and nail salons, and massage therapy businesses can reopen as early 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, Kemp added.
Notably, no local ordinance can restrict the openings, which will be implemented statewide.
"In the same way that we carefully closed businesses and urged operations to end to mitigate the virus' spread, today we're announcing plans to incrementally and safely reopen sectors of our economy," Kemp told reporters.
The move comes alongside similar announcements from the Republican governors of South Carolina and Tennessee after President Donald Trump unveiled new guidelines last week meant to help states loosen their social distancing restrictions.
Max Burns suggests a better headline.