Georgia business owners are conflicted as the state reopens hair salons, gyms and bowling alleys

Despite criticisms, state officials of Georgia have decided to reopen a couple of non-essential services like gyms, barbershops, tattoo parlors, and bowling alleys ignoring the spike in COVID-19 deaths.

Interestingly, governor Brian Kemp was the last state official to declare stay-at-home orders on 3 April. However, he is the first state official to repeal those orders partially after he permitted the reopening of non-essential services.

The decision has turned him against mayors of several cities like Augusta, Atlanta, and Savannah. He has also been showered with advice from the White House based on the data model.

According to the model by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, the reopening of Georgia shouldn’t be allowed at least till 22 June. This is also based on the assumption that states will ramp up testing, implement contact tracing, crowd-size limits, and isolation to contain the spread of the coronavirus.