Georgia Governor slowly reopens economy, despite high number of coronavirus cases

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has come under fire for pushing through with reopening the economy – despite Georgia ranking 12th in the list of states with the most coronavirus cases.

Beginning Friday, April 24, Kemp is allowing barbers, tattoo places, hair and nail salons to re-open.

On Monday, April 27th, along with restaurants — movie theaters and social clubs can follow suit as well.

All establishments have to maintain social distancing rules.

President Donald Trump for the second time expressed his disapproval with the Republican governor’s decision.

“I didn’t like to see spas opening, frankly, I didn’t like to see a lot of things happening and I wasn’t happy with it. I wasn’t happy with Brian Kemp…. And I don’t want this thing to flare up because you’re deciding to do something that is not in the guidelines.”

Filipino residents and business owners had mixed reactions to the news.

Georgia’s coronavirus cases continue to rise, with over 22,000 tested positive as of Friday with nearly 900 deaths.

(Cover photo: Barber Tommy Thomas, 69, who has been cutting hair for 50 years, gives his long-time customer Fred Bentley a haircut after the Georgia governor allowed a select number of businesses to open during the COVID-1  restrictions in Atlanta. Reuters/Julio-Cesar Chavez)
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