Georgia Races to Reopen, but Some Atlanta Businesses Say ‘Not So Fast’

America is currently walking a tightrope between a healthy economy and our literal health, and it looks like some state governors are getting a little anxious about it.

At some point, the law of diminishing returns will take over, and it the effect that coronavirus has on our economy will be worse than the effect that it will have on the population.  The tricky part is knowing where to draw the line, especially with a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic in an ever-digital world that didn’t exist 10 years ago.

In the deep south, the race to reopen is on, but not everyone is rushing to get back into the swing of things.

Citing President Trump’s guidelines for Opening Up America Again, released last week, Gov. Brian Kemp announced at a news conference Monday steps to reopen Georgia’s economy, starting this Friday.

Kemp said “favorable data, enhanced testing and approval of our health care professionals” motivated him to reopen some businesses in the next week. Georgia is on track to meet Phase 1 criteria as recommended by the White House’s coronavirus task force, according to the governor. Kemp cited Department of Public Health reports that emergency room visits of people with flu-like symptoms are declining and that documented COVID-19 cases have flattened.

Employees at “gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios,” as well as “barbers, cosmetologists, hair designers, nail care artists, estheticians, their respective schools & massage therapists,” will be allowed to return to work on Friday but will have to operate under restrictions.

Some businesses in Atlanta weren’t having it, however.

We can only imagine that ever more infighting is to come about the safety of reopening the economy.