US coronavirus: Two states begin to wind down COVID-19 lockdown

It comes as protestors in the US have started calling on the government to begin lifting restrictions on businesses as unemployment soars.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said on Monday that certain businesses can begin reopening as soon as Friday.

Gov. Kemp added that he still expected these businesses to obey social distancing measures.

He said: “Georgians who are small business owners, those people have good common sense and we’re trusting them to use it, but if they abuse it, we will take further action. “But I believe they can do it as part of this measured approach.”

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Kemp also said that Georgia will be expanding COVID-19 testing.

Hospitals are also in a position to resume elective surges after securing personal protective equipment (PPE).

Gov. Kemp announced the news that selected businesses may reopen on Twitter with minimum basic operations.

He wrote: “Given the favorable data, enhanced testing, and approval of our healthcare professionals, we will allow gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, cosmetologists, hair designers, nail care artists, estheticians, their respective schools and massage therapists to reopen their doors this Friday.”

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee also confirmed his intention to reopen the states businesses.

Gov. Lee announced that the states stay-at-home order is lifted effective Monday, after being extended originally to April 30.

In a statement he said: “These businesses will open according to specific guidance that we will provide in accordance with state and national experts in both medicine and business.

“Social distancing works, and as we open up our economy it will be more important than ever that we keep social distancing as lives and livelihoods depend on it.”


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States have begun feeling pressure to lift restrictions as President Donald Trump has signalled his want to restart the US economy.

He announced a three stage plan to reopen the economy based on the severity of COVID-19 infections in each state.

Trump said during a White House news briefing: ”We can begin the next front in our war, which we are calling ‘Opening Up America Again’.

“To preserve the health of Americans, we must preserve the health of our economy.”

Currently the US is seeing it’s worst economic quarter since the 2008 financial crash.

Wall Street forecasts have unemployment claims moving close to 25 million by Friday, April 23.

Scott Anderson, chief economist at Bank of the West, said: “The U.S. economy is hemorrhaging jobs at a pace and scale never before recorded.

“It compares to a natural disaster on a national scale.”

US oil prices have dipped below a dollar for the first time in history.

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