Public Businesses Keep Safety Measures After Governor Kemp Lifts COVID-19 Restrictions
April 15, 2021
A recent 11Alive article titled "Atlanta Bars, Gyms, and Restaurants React to Governor Kemp Lifting Restrictions
" collects various business owners' responses after Governor Kemp decided to ease the COVID-19 restrictions in Georgia and declared the state was "open for business".
While the new executive order makes way for financial recovery, small business owners still have many concerns about public safety and plan on keeping their restrictions for the time being. "We're not changing anything, because for me, safety is most important, and I just want to ensure that whoever walks through these doors feels protected and feels like we care for them," says C and C Social House owner Joy Christina Huffman.
Similar responses came from restaurant and gym owners in the area, with some establishments planning to expand their capacity and ease their restrictions gradually. With COVID-19 still posing a public health risk, business owners work to find a middle ground but remain cautiously hopeful about what this order might mean for the future.
This uncertainty is also felt within nursing homes and long-term facilities, where many restrictions have been kept strictly in place to preserve the patients' safety. As a result, visitors like Hailey Allen have been banned from touching their loved ones after completing all rounds of vaccinations and months of separation. "Any extra thing we can do to help and make sure COVID goes away and doesn't continue to spread, I am all for. But if we are fully vaccinated and taking the proper precautions, there's no reason I can't see my Papa," said Allen.
You can read the complete statements and 11Alive's full article here: Atlanta Bars, Gyms, and Restaurants React to Governor Kemp Lifting Restrictions