Meanwhile, with a few European and Asian nations loosening coronavirus locks and increasingly reopening businesses, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee Republican governors announced that they would scale back restrictions in their countries.
The announcements came in the midst of a broader national debate about a crisis in public health that could worsen the devastated economy.
Several mayors in Georgia oppose Republican Governor Brian Kemp’s decision to open up parts of the state at the end of the week and express fears that this move could threaten people and improve attempts by means of social distancing steps to stop the spread of the virus.
Albany Major Bo Dorough said on CNN on Tuesday, “I appreciate the governor’s tough decision,” he said. “He made the wrong call, though, I suppose.”
The town of Dorough is at the center of the state outbreak. In Georgia, more than 760 people died, and almost 100 of them were in Dougherty, where Albany is the head office of the county.
Specific critiques of the new policy have been voiced by Mayor Kelly Girtz and Keisha Lance Bottoms of Athens-Clarke County.
On Monday Kemp reported that theater and restaurant operations would resume on 27 April, including the reopening of gyms, barbershops, tattoo salons, and bowling alleyways.
Kemp’s decision came after several other states announced similar proposals to start reopening their economies and when small groups of protesters were going down to state capitols urging governors to lift residential orders.
Dorough told CNN that, “too desperate to return to normalcy” he assumed that certain areas of the state that are less affected by the virus.
“We understand how bad the virus can be,” said Dorough.
Girtz said on CNN on Tuesday that he is asking his people to stay at home until the state has seen more proof that the cases are diminishing and that monitoring has increased robustly.
And the government in California must prepare for COVID-19 check-ups in every residence and people aware of this pandemic as well.