The Atlanta Mayor spoke on Good Morning America about the re-opening of Georgia today. She said "stay home... there is nothing essential about going to a bowling alley or getting a manicure during a pandemic".
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms spoke on GMA about how she wasn't happy about the plan by Governor Kemp to start re-opening the state, a sentiment also shared by the President of the United States. Bottoms said Kemp had not shared with her the data that showed a decline in infected COVID-19 patients. She stated the opposite was shown to her by health officials. "The numbers are increasing by the thousands, the death rates are on the rise", Bottoms stated.
She said officials need to be creative with budgets to help the small businesses and community feel comfortable staying home, but that "to open up our state today, is irresponsible. She said, "simply stay home, listen to the scientists".
It all comes down to us. The order is in effect already, but if we wear masks, stay home as much as we can, wash our hands and stay 6ft apart if we are out, it can really help lower the numbers in our state. No one is REQUIRED to go out and get hair cuts or go bowling because you can. Do what is safe for you and your family, and think about those older people in our communities, when making decisions that could put them or you in danger of catching COVID. Be smart and be well!