TOO SOON: Trump 'Strongly' Disagrees With Georgia Gov. About Reopening

| Washington Examiner

President Trump said Wednesday that he disagreed with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's decision to reopen some businesses as early as Friday.


"I told the governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, that I disagree strongly with his decision to open certain facilities, which are in violation of the phase one guidelines ... It's just too soon," Trump said Wednesday. "I told the governor very simply that I disagree with this decision, but he has to do what he thinks is right," Trump said.

Gov. Kemp announced Monday that some retailers, nail salons, massage therapists, bowling alleys, and gyms will open on Friday, a plan for reopening, the most aggressive yet, that drew criticism from some public health experts and politicians. Theaters and restaurants will be permitted to open on April 27. Bars and nightclubs will remain closed for now. "I love these people that use all of those things, spas, and the beauty parlors and barber shops, tattoo parlors. I love them, but they can wait a little bit longer," Trump said.

Trump unveiled guidelines last week for “Opening Up America Again,” a three-phase plan that opens businesses and schools gradually once the rate of new cases begins to stabilize.

Kemp's order to open several businesses within the next week violates phase one guidelines, which say employers should continue telework wherever possible and to minimize “nonessential” travel. People should continue to practice social distancing in phase one and stay away from large gatherings.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top government infectious disease expert and a member of the coronavirus task force, cautioned that Kemp was moving too quickly to reopen the state, especially given the virus could return in the fall with a new surge in cases.

“I know there’s that desire to move ahead quickly,” Fauci said. “But going ahead and leapfrogging into phases where you should not be, I would advise him as a health official, and as a physician, not to do that.” READ MORE

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