Georgia Governor Brian Kemp was dragged online on Monday after he announced that he would be reopening gyms, and salons across the state amid the COVID-19 outbreak, despite the increased numbers of those testing positive for the virus in his state.
Kemp said 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.
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Many Georgians are fearful and do not trust Kemp’s new guidelines as he only learned 18 days prior that asymptomatic carriers of coronavirus can transmit the virus. So his knowledge of the virus appears to be shallow.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, however, does not support Kemp’s announcement.
“I’m perplexed that we have opened up in this way, and again I can’t stress enough, I work very well with our governor, and I look forward to having a better understanding of what his reasoning is,” she said. “But as I look at the data and as I talk with our public health officials, I don’t see that it’s based on anything that’s logical.”