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Sun Apr 26, 2020, 08:56 PM

Georgia chamber chief: Critics missing the point of Kemp's business reopening plan

ATLANTA - As Georgia dine-in restaurants and theaters prepare to reopen Monday, Gov. Brian Kemp continues to be hit with criticism over businesses including barbershops and hair salons he let reopen Friday.

Public health experts, mayors across Georgia and legislative Democrats are questioning the logic of making such “close-contact” businesses the first to reopen when the state has yet to see a 14-day decline in COVID-19 cases as specified under federal coronavirus guidelines for reopening the economy.

But the criticism of Kemp’s handling of the crisis misses the fact that bars and nightclubs, gyms and fitness centers, dine-in services at restaurants, theaters, bowling alleys and the close-contact personal care shops are the only businesses the governor shut down to discourage the spread of COVID-19, said Chris Clark, president and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

The shelter-in-place order Kemp issued early this month allowed all other businesses – including those in the retail sector – to remain open, subject to a lengthy list of restrictions aimed at preserving social distancing. The restrictions include screening employees for illness, disinfecting the premises, requiring employees who come into close contact with customers to wear masks and requiring at least six feet of space between workers and between workers and customers.

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napi21 Apr 27 #1

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Mon Apr 27, 2020, 11:39 AM

1. OK, I guess I'm still missing the point! so Kemp more or less removed his sta-at-home order. That

doesn't explain why he did so before Ga. cases declined, we don't have the ability to test the majority of citizens to see exactly where the virus cases are, AND we don't have a program to contact trace. I believe he did this just to endear himself to DT! When DT turned against his decision it was too late for him to change his mind without looking like a real ass K*sser, so he kept on with it.

I don't believe many Georgians are going to go back to these places right away. They're too afraid of getting infected.

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