While everyone knows President Trump is eager to open the United States for business as soon as possible, the man has, surprisingly, objected to plans by Georgia's governor Brian Kemp to allow businesses such as gyms, tattoo parlors, salons, spas and barber shops in the state to open on Friday and theaters and restaurants to open on Monday.
In particular, President Trump reckons Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia - a fellow Republican - ‘had gone too far' and ‘too fast' when it comes to reopening businesses in the state that has accumulated a total of 21,102 COVID-19 cases and 846 deaths till date, as of time of writing, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The president specifically said ‘safety has to predominate' and that people could wait a little longer before businesses start reopening. Oklahoma's governor has also revealed plans to let certain businesses reopen soon.
President Trump certainly isn't alone in making sure his opinion is heard loud and clear. Public health experts and mayors alike are against the idea, too, for fear that the reopening of businesses so soon could potentially lead to more COVID-19 infections and deaths. At time of writing, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States stands at a whopping 842,625 while the death toll has reached 46,785.
The battle to contain the coronavirus in the United States is far from over. Majority of state governors have imposed as well as extended stay-at-home orders in order to keep their people safe, although the move to stem the spread of the coronavirus and prevent more deaths comes at great economic loss.
Safe distancing measures are still highly encouraged and governors across the country are advised to gradually reopen their state for business only if data shows that the state has had the 14-day decline in coronavirus cases according to White House guidelines.