The governor of the state has allowed some small businesses to open. However, the opinion of residents was divided about this decision.
Starting today, some small businesses are opening in Georgia that were previously closed due to the coronavirus. Within the framework of his powers, this decision was made by the Governor of the state, Brian Kemp. Several business owners welcomed the move and assured them that they would continue to take all the necessary precautions when they returned to work. However, some entrepreneurs say they are not yet ready to reopen their doors to customers in the midst of a pandemic..
Gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, beauty salons, cosmetology schools, as well as massage rooms can open their doors to clients. Such an order was given by the Governor of Georgia Brian Kemp as part of the phased opening of the economy in the state..
According to a former CNN journalist living in Atlanta, it is impossible to say that today everyone went to the salons and cafes en masse. People are still afraid to go outside.
“Early Friday morning, as soon as the governor’s decree came into force, hairdressers and some nail salons opened. The day has just begun and it is impossible to say with certainty whether the massage parlors have opened. Large sports clubs, which have thousands of visitors, have not yet opened, they are trying to understand how safe it is. One thing is for sure – business owners are wary of potential repercussions and criticism. They try to use the personal protective equipment they have and are said to have one customer at a time. And we must also remember that immigrants, representatives of various minority groups, mainly work in this area. These are people who live from paycheck to paycheck and it is now very difficult for them to survive in quarantine conditions, ”said Jim Clancy.
The owner of one of the hairdressers said that before the end of the governor’s press conference, so many customers had called that the appointment was scheduled three weeks in advance..
“We are closing some tracks. The distance between the groups of players will be three meters. The bar and lounge will be closed, “said the manager of one of the bowling clubs..
Stylist Naomi Bartolacci discussed the possibility of opening her salon with employees, as the recommendations of the federal authorities differ from the orders of the local leadership.
“I met with my colleagues to find out what we would do. You know, it would be great to get back to work, but we also want to make sure we’re doing it right. This is a difficult choice between the need to earn a living and taking care of the health of our clients. Conflicting information is coming in. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one thing, the governor says another, the mayor of the city says the third, ”said stylist Naomi Bartolacci.
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Fred Castellucci, owner of seven restaurants in Atlanta, notes that although the governor has allowed restaurants to serve customers, he has no intention of doing so..
“We no longer allow people to be inside the building … We care about the health consequences of our clients, community and employees,” said Fred Castellucci..
Atlanta residents split over partial business start-ups.
“I don’t want anyone to get sick or die from this disease. At the same time, you must have a choice: whether or not to visit open establishments. If you don’t want to go to a restaurant, bowling alley, don’t go. Stay at home, ”says retired Michael Personos.
Student Robert Sherrill says he doesn’t think starting a business is a good idea.
“I have a feeling Georgia did not take the pandemic seriously enough. We did not have quarantine, people were on the streets, attending parties. It seems to me that we have not yet reached the peak of the spread of the disease “.
“You know, this is good for my salary. I live off the tip. The more people I serve, the more money I make. I’m in the business of delivering food now and can earn a little extra money. So opening restaurants is good for me from a financial point of view, ”said bartender Jake Glazer..
President Trump yesterday expressed doubts about the timeliness of the decision of the Governor of Georgia to lift some of the quarantine restrictions. Meanwhile, a CBS News poll released on Thursday found 63 percent of Americans are more concerned about the early lifting of restrictions and a possible worsening of the coronavirus outbreak than about the economic implications. Only 13 percent of respondents said they would return to public places if restrictions are lifted right now.
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