Georgia, Tennessee and Texas have decided to slowly reopen their economies.
On Monday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp introduced plans “to incrementally and safely reopen sectors” of the economy based on optimistic numbers from the Department of Public Health. Kemp advises:
Reports of emergency room visits for flu-like illnesses are declining, documented COVID-19 cases have flattened and appear to be declining, and we have seen declining emergency room visits in general,
Georgia’s state’s executive order will allow gyms, fitness centers, barbershops, hair and nail salons, body art studios, bowling alleys and massage parlors to reopen on April 24. Church services will be allowed to resume, but with strict adherence to social distancing.
Theaters, private social clubs and restaurant dine-in-services will reopen on April 27 and are also subject to social distancing. Bars, nightclubs and amusement parks are to remain closed.
On Monday, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee declared that the state’s stay-at-home order would expire on April 30 “with the vast majority of businesses in 89 counties allowed to re-open on May 1,” according to a statement from his office.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a series of executive orders to begin the process of reopening Texas’ economy. Abbott announced the creation of a team of medical advisers and business leaders who will create strategies of ways to safely reopen businesses. The first step took place this past Monday when the administration reopened all state parks. Visitors are required to wear face masks and practice social distancing. Groups are limited to five people or less.