ATLANTA (AP) — United States (US) President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he “disagreed strongly” with the decision by Georgia’s Republican governor to reopen salons, gyms and other non-essential businesses that had been shuttered to contain the coronavirus, saying, “It’s just too soon.”
During the daily White House briefing, the President indicated that while he is in favour of states reopening their economies, Governor Brian Kemp is moving a little too fast.
Kemp announced earlier this week that as of Friday, elective medical procedures could resume in Georgia, and that barbershops, nail salons and gyms could reopen with restrictions. Limited in-restaurant dining is scheduled to resume on Monday.
The announcement immediately prompted pushback by Atlanta’s Democratic mayor, other political opponents and health experts who warned that the state has not yet taken the steps recommended under federal guidelines the Trump administration issued for reopening the economy safely.
Georgia ranks in the bottom 10 US states in per capita testing for the coronavirus. Officials are struggling to increase testing for new infections and boost tracking of those in contact with infected people.
If that isn’t done, health officials said, the state risks a quick rebound of COVID-19.