ATLANTA (Reuters) – With the U.S. coronavirus death toll topping 50,000, Georgia pushed ahead with its plan to become the first state to allow an array of small businesses to reopen on Friday despite the disapproval of President Donald Trump and health experts.
FILE PHOTO: A message encouraging hand washing is seen above the Buckhead Theater days before the phased reopening of businesses and restaurants from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. April 22, 2020. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
Gyms, hair salons, tattoo parlors and some other businesses were cleared to open their doors by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, who disregarded warnings from public health experts that relaxing restrictions could lead to a surge in infections of the novel coronavirus and more deaths.
The southern U.S. state has become a flashpoint in the debate over how quickly the country should get back to work.
U.S. Representative Doug Collins from Georgia, a Republican like the…
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