Georgia to reopen some businesses as early as Friday, despite coronavirus concerns

Georgia to reopen some businesses as early as Friday, despite coronavirus concerns

Georgia to reopen some businesses as early as Friday, despite coronavirus concerns

Gov. Kay Ivey said she plans to follow Alabama's state task force recommendations.

The U.S. has surged to lead the world in the number of coronavirus infections and deaths with almost 788,000 cases, 42,364 deaths and more than 73,500 recoveries. But Graham thinks Atlanta should slow things down a little bit, pointing out that what happens in Georgia could affect his own state, South Carolina.

He announced a three stage plan to reopen the economy based on the severity of COVID-19 infections in each state.

Of course, SC is also loosening some restrictions; a variety of retail stores were allowed to re-open Monday afternoon as long as they operated at 20 percent capacity or less.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, with the second-largest economy in the country, is moving toward reopening but said it would be gradual - and reversed if any outbreaks occurred.

Businesses will be required to stagger shifts, keep work spaces six feet apart and screen workers for illnesses. Bars, nightclubs and amusement parks are to remain closed.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, also a Republican, said his mandatory safer-at-home order will expire April 30, which will pave the way for 89 of the state's 95 counties to begin opening businesses.

"When you inform the public and give them the information that they need, then they can make decisions along with the local government and governors", said Birx.

Georgia's timetable, one of the most aggressive in the nation, would allow gyms, hair salons, bowling alleys and tattoo parlors to reopen as long as owners follow strict social-distancing and hygiene requirements. Their workstations are arranged to enforce social distancing.

But I know this - we will all be watching with a kind of "you-go-first" curiosity, watching and waiting as the first explorers pass through the airlock and step out onto our odd new planet.

On Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a series of executive orders to begin the process of reopening Texas' economy.

"We will get Georgians back to work safely", he said. The company said those workers are having their temperatures scanned and are being provided with masks and gloves. Universities and schools will stay closed through the remainder of the academic year. "But what these trends also show is that with the right precautions, we can take small steps to get more Vermonters back to work and avoid a spike in cases that would put lives at risk".

Meanwhile, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said beaches and some retailers will be restored in the state.

"Because if he's wrong, more people can die".

Georgia health officials announced Tuesday that 799 have died as a result of COVID-19, with an additional 25 deaths reported since Monday night, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

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