WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Gov. Brian Kemp ended the coronavirus lockdown in Georgia, which has reported 27,492 coronavirus cases and 1,167 deaths.
- More than 50 restaurant owners announced that their businesses will remain closed to the public, saying that the lockdown ended too soon.
- Public health experts claim that ending the statewide lockdown prematurely could lead to another surge in coronavirus cases.
Gov. Brian Kemp (R) lifted the coronavirus lockdown placed in Georgia, allowing businesses to reopen. This is in spite of the 27,492 coronavirus cases and 1,167 deaths reported in the state, based on the latest data from the state health department.
More than 50 restaurant owners responded that their businesses will remain closed to the public, despite the ending of the statewide lockdown. The restaurateurs took out a full-page ad in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper to print out their position explaining their reasons why resuming business operations at this time is “too soon.”
“We agree that it’s in the best interest of our employees, our guests, our community and our industry to keep our dining rooms closed at this time,” the ad reads.
“Recognizing that each operator faces incredibly difficult decisions on the path ahead, we affirm the fact that public safety is the top priority as we navigate this challenge.”
The order was to try to contain the economic fallout during the outbreak. Georgia has raced ahead into lifting the coronavirus lockdown before other states, relaxing social distancing protocols to permit state residents to go back to work as of April 27.
Public health experts are in opposition with this directive from the governor, claiming increased probabilities of a surge in coronavirus cases if the lockdown was lifted too early. President Trump rebuked the decision to reopen the state.
“I want him to do what he thinks is right, but I disagree with him on what he is doing,” Trump said to news reporters last month. “I think it’s too soon.”
Source: New York Post