Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced plans Monday to reopen certain businesses across the state, rolling back part of the stay-at-home order scheduled to expire April 30.

Gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, cosmetologists, nail techs and beauty schools will be able to resume operations Friday, Kemp said. Theaters, private social clubs and dine-in restaurants can reopen April 27 with some restrictions…


Buzz Brockway, vice president of public policy for the Georgia Center for Opportunity, an independent think tank, applauded Kemp’s decision. Brockway said the governor should involve business leaders and collaborate with other states in the decision process.

“During this time, it’s crucial that state and local governments invite the input of business leaders on the best ways to reopen, in a way where consumer confidence is restored and people feel safe patronizing businesses again,” Brockway said in a statement.


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