Georgia's Reopening Approach Holds Lesson for Other States

Friday, June 26, 2020

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s announcement that some businesses closed because of COVID-19 would be allowed to begin reopening on Friday, April 24, with appropriate precautions, was welcomed as a timely first step for those financially impacted by the pause in Georgia’s economy. The broader public health state of emergency Kemp declared statewide through May 13 will continue until June 12, he announced on Thursday (April 30).

As expected, some of the finer points of his order are being overlooked. This is not a return to business-as-usual for Georgia firms. There are 20 requirements they must meet, including screening workers’ health, continuing telecommuting and staggering shifts when possible, and keeping 6 feet between worksites.

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