52 people in Georgia died on Monday of coronavirus but Governor Brian Kemp has just announced his state's gyms and fitness centers, massage parlors, theaters, restaurants, nail and hair salons, body art studios, and other businesses statewide can reopen in the coming days. Local towns and cities are banned from countermanding his direction.
Kemp says churches were never directed to close and are free to open as they wish.
Governor Brian Kemp says he's allowing these businesses to reopen because of "favorable data, enhanced testing, and… https://t.co/PZqOd5jIx8— Chenue Her (@Chenue Her)1587414833.0
Due to favorable data & more testing, gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, cosmetologi… https://t.co/4aSERqoaui— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@Governor Brian P. Kemp)1587415999.0
"Bars, nightclubs, operators of amusement park rides & live performance venues will remain closed," Gov. Kemp, a highly-controversial Republican, says.
Kemp specifically referred to companies losing "millions of dollars a day" as one of the reasons he is ordering the state to re-open for business.
Subject to specific social distancing & sanitation mandates, theaters, private social clubs & restaurant dine-in se… https://t.co/G0n4UVihIv— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@Governor Brian P. Kemp)1587415999.0
President Donald Trump has been pushing states to re-open quickly, in the hopes an improving economy will help his re-election campaign.
Kemp was the subject of scorn and outrage just weeks ago when he falsely tried to suggest the CDC had just learned people with coronavirus who are not showing symptoms are infecting people in what is called "asymptomatic transmission." The Georgia governor used that false framing to defend why he was among the last to order residents to stay at home.
Now, many on social media are angry, propelling "Kemp" to the number two top trending item on Twitter.
Covid has killed nearly 700 Georgia residents and cases loads are still growing but that won’t stop Brian Kemp who… https://t.co/twhnbPsLIe— b-boy bouiebaisse (@b-boy bouiebaisse)1587416465.0
When GA melts down just remember, Stacey Abrams wouldn’t have done this and Brian Kemp stole that election from her. https://t.co/ZtqqT9VzIe— Jason Karsh (@Jason Karsh)1587415462.0
Georgia has nearly 19,000 coronavirus cases. It reported 790 new cases just today. And 52 new Covid-19 deaths to… https://t.co/aTZl7qVvs8— Keith Boykin (@Keith Boykin)1587418296.0
I'm so incredibly glad that Brian Kemp stole the election from Stacey Abrams just so he could send Georgians to nee… https://t.co/dYz9x4wh07— Jared Yates Sexton (@Jared Yates Sexton)1587416436.0
SHORTER HEADLINE: Georgia Gov. Kemp Announces Human Sacrifices to Begin April 24th https://t.co/tb7iydtw4Y— Max Burns (@Max Burns)1587415432.0
Brian Kemp's going to kill more Georgians than General Sherman— Adam Weinstein (@Adam Weinstein)1587415822.0
Georgia Gov Kemp’s Re-Open America Schedule: April 24: Georgians can get their hair done, work out, & bowl. April… https://t.co/01dIQtSV4F— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@Mrs. Betty Bowers)1587420161.0
Governor Kemp just found out asymptomatic people are contagious. Now he wants to reopen the state shortly after iss… https://t.co/NRBTCtTV87— Nabilah Islam (@Nabilah Islam)1587420010.0
Brian Kemp said: https://t.co/pTfYy8rM42— Ferrero Rocher (@Ferrero Rocher)1587420957.0