On Monday (April 20), Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced that non-essential businesses, such as hair and nail salons, gyms, barbershops and bowling alleys, will reopen across the state by the end of this week. Next Monday (April 27), the state’s theaters, private social clubs and restaurants will open back up as well, with the residential shelter-in-place order expiring on April 30.
Gov. Kemp has advised businesses to stagger shifts, keep workers six feet apart and issue screenings for fevers and respiratory illnesses in response to the ongoing pandemic. However, Cardi B, whose husband Offset’s family lives in Atlanta, is concerned about the ongoing risks for Georgia’s elderly.
“I just want to let people [know] DONT GO AROUND YOUR PARENTS OR GRANDPARENTS!” she commented on an Instagram post from Baller Alert on Tuesday (April 21). “Once there sick and in the hospital wit covid you won’t be able to see how and what they treating them with. They will literally have them die slow! They are not nurturing covid patience with the proper foods, tea to boost their immunes. STRAIGHT MEDICATION!”
“Your parents, grandparents or YOU will most likely pass by yourself in a cold hospital with no physical contact with your love ones,” she continued. “HEALTH OVER CAPITALISM!”
Cardi’s warning follows Killer Mike’s announcement that he will not be reopening his Atlanta barbershops, despite the state’s lifted restrictions.
“At this time, as a business, we aren’t comfortable opening,” the Run The Jewels rapper told TMZ on Tuesday (April 21). “So, we’re gonna wait a while before we reopen because in our community people who look like her husband, there are more of us who are dying unfortunately. And it’s because of pre-existing conditions, which makes your immune system weaker, which includes things like diabetes, hypertension, things of that nature. So, we don’t want our customers or our barbers in danger and we wanna wait it out.”
According to NBC News, as of Sunday (April 19), there have been over 40,000 Coronavirus-related deaths in the US, with the confirmed cases toll hitting almost 760,000 by Monday evening (April 20).
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Gyms, Bowling Alleys, Hair Salons, Barber Shops, Nail Salons and More To Open on Friday in Georgia - written- by @choose_wisely2 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With more than 18,900 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and a death toll of 733, #Georgia Governor #BrainKemp plans to reopen the state with some restrictions. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Kemp said in his Monday press briefing that #gyms, bowling alleys, hair salons, barbershops, and nail salons could reopen statewide on Friday. Kemp added he’ll allow elective surgeries to take place as well. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With strict social-distancing guidelines, some restaurants and movie theatres will be able to resume operations, as well. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Georgia’s statewide stay-home-order will expire April 30, and the vulnerable population and the elderly will remain under the stay-home-order until May 13. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Churches and other places of worship are allowed to hold services within the social-distancing guidelines. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to Kemp, the Georgia Department of Public Health is seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases and a decline of people being hospitalized for COVID. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Kemp also announced an app to help with the testing process. With the app, people who believe they have the virus will be able to see their test status within 72 hours. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Atlanta Public Schools system has shut down two of its food distribution centers after employees tested positive for COVID-19. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Kemp's said with the state reopening; he’s expecting the COVID-19 cases to increase. But he believes that the state medical system will be able to handle the surge in cases with the increase of hospital capacity.