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Georgia to reopen some businesses with specific restrictions in place

Christian Fernsby |
Governor Brian P. Kemp provided an update on coronavirus in Georgia.

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Governor Kemp was joined by Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, Speaker David Ralston, Georgia National Guard Adjutant General Tom Carden, Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey, and GEMA/HS Director Homer Bryson.

"Given the favorable data, enhanced testing, and approval of our healthcare professionals, we will allow gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, cosmetologists, hair designers, nail care artists, estheticians, their respective schools, and massage therapists to reopen their doors this Friday, April 24, 2020.

"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.

"This measure will apply statewide and will be the operational standard in all jurisdictions.

2This means local action cannot be taken that is more or less restrictive.

"Over the next few days, we will continue to closely monitor existing and potential hotspots in our state.

"The next point is an important one.

"The entities that I am reopening are not reopening for 'business as usual.' Each of these entities will be subject to specific restrictions, including adherence to Minimum Basic Operations, social distancing, and regular sanitation.

"Minimum Basic Operations includes, but is not limited to, screening workers for fever and respiratory illness, enhancing workplace sanitation, wearing masks and gloves if appropriate, separating workspaces by at least six feet, teleworking where at all possible, and implementing staggered shifts.

"Subject to specific social distancing and sanitation mandates, theaters, private social clubs, and restaurant dine-in services will be allowed to reopen on Monday, April 27.

"We will release more information in the next few days.

"Bars, nightclubs, operators of amusement park rides, and live performance venues will remain closed.

"In the days ahead, we will be evaluating the data and conferring with public health officials to determine the best course of action for those establishments.

"By taking this measured action, we will get Georgians back to work safely without undermining the progress that we have all made in the battle against COVID-19.

"Today’s announcement is a small step forward and should be treated as such.

"The shelter in place order is still active and will expire at 11:59 PM on April 30 for most Georgians."

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