Atlanta, G.A. – Over the past few days, there’s been some sharp criticism of Georgia Governor Brain Kemp’s decision to open Georgia. Left wing media outlets are all super critical and he has even drawn some criticism from some in the Trump administration and coronavirus task force. While the criticism flies, Kemp (R) has continued to move forward with his plan.
By all indications, his plan conforms with the guidelines from the Trump administration. It seems that much of the scrutiny is coming from the decision to open salons, spas and many other personal services businesses. Kemp cited these businesses as being lower income workers that need to get back to work.
Critics have said that the order comes too fast for those businesses. But these are the exact businesses that are struggling.
Reuters ran an article that talked about a hair stylist who was torn over returning to work. She said she needs to work, but is worried about the potential rise in coronavirus cases due to the return. Many salons told Reuters they intend not to open yet.
Which is their choice. They have the freedom to make that decision which is a great thing. They are not mandated to close based on the governments decisions.
The business is there for them if they decide to open however. The USA Today cited a salon that was booked solid for 2 weeks with business and has already served multiple clients after the opening.
Across social media, I saw many who had stated that they would travel to Georgia for a haircut or salon services. Georgia business stands to have a strong reopening. The demand is there for these businesses to open, but will it last long?
Kemp has said that if the data indicates, they will reestablish the restrictions. They plan to monitor the cases and determine if there are increases due to the measures.
As it stands now, Georgia has confirmed over 22,000 cases of coronavirus. This equates to less than 1% of the states population. Daily confirmations of cases has been on the decrease for some time.
I have no doubt that there will be continued scrutiny of the Georgia governor and any other governor who chooses to open first. The fact is, someone has to be first. Texas was quick to share their desire to open soon as well.
The coming weeks and months will tell us a lot about coronavirus. We continue to learn that the virus is more widespread than initially thought. The important thing is that each state start taking measures for a calculated reopening.
We will learn more through the reopening of states as well. There is a lot to learn about what works and what doesn’t. We have to remember, we have not done this before. While others may be critical, I think it takes bold leadership to step out like Gov. Kemp did. I can respect that.