Many Georgia businesses may reopen by Friday; Tennessee eyes next week

Many of Georgia’s businesses shuttered to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak may reopen their doors by Friday — and Tennessee has similar plans set for next week.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced on Monday that gyms, hair salons, bowling alleys and tattoo parlors were among the locales that’ll be allowed back — as long as they follow strict social distancing and hygiene requirements.

“In the same way that we carefully closed businesses and urged operations to end to mitigate the virus’s spread, today we’re announcing plans to incrementally and safely reopen sectors of our economy,” Kemp said.

Movie theaters may start selling tickets again and restaurants that were only doing takeout will be allowed to host limited dine-in service by Monday.

There were about 19,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Peach State, with at least 733 deaths, when the announcement was made.

In Tennessee, Gov. Bill Lee said Monday that he wouldn’t be extending his state’s stay-at-home order, which expires April 30, paving the way for businesses to begin reopening.

Some businesses could reopen by April 27, though its not yet clear which. Details should be ironed out by the end of the week, Lee said. Most state parks will reopen on Friday.

“It will be phased, it will be smart and it will be strategic,” Lee said, stressing that the state’s economy could not survive a longterm lockdown.

The announcement does not apply to the state’s counties with the largest cities, including Davidson county, where Nashville is located.

“While I am not extending the safer at home order past the end of April, we are working directly with our major metropolitan areas to ensure they are in a position to reopen as soon and safely as possible,” Lee said.

As of Monday, there were more than 7,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and at least 152 deaths in the Volunteer State.

With Post wires

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