Georgia governor announces reopening of some businesses

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Apr. 22, 2020 at 6:06 PM CDT
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It's been 3 months since the first confirmed Coronavirus case in the United States and a majority of the country remains under a stay at home order. But states such as Georgia have announced plans to reopen.

The streets of Donalsonville may seem bare right now but starting Friday April 24th, that will all begin to change, as Georgia governor Brian Kemp has just announced certain businesses will begin to reopen.

Businesses such as fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, massage therapy and hair and nail salons will be allowed to reopen on Friday.

On Monday April 27th, theaters and dine-in restaurants will be allowed to reopen while bars and night clubs remain closed.

Stores and shops must still abide by social distancing while keeping their doors open.

Georgia's stay at home order will expire April 30th.

"A start, hopefully Friday is a start with expanding the businesses and the next Friday will hopefully be where they can lift the shelter in place. And if they can do that safely and everyone feel comfortable with that then we will be fine and we will be able to work through this and manage our way to the end. I think overall we should be able to survive this," Steve Hicks, city manager Donalsonville said.

Governor Kemp also suggests that those with health conditions remain should stay home until May 13th, when Georgia's public health emergency will expire.

Currently, Seminole County has 26 confirmed Coronavirus cases and 2 reported deaths.