April 21, 2020
A demonstration in Ohio, the US, calls for the economy to be reopened
Republican governors in Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina announced the reopening of the economy, while Illinois and Louisiana Democratic Governors indicated parts of their states could open soon.
"Some companies can be re-opened this week," Georgia State Governor Brian Kemp said on Monday, in a move that defied the warnings of many public health officials.
What can be reopened as of April 24, Kemp said, "fitness centers, bowling alleys, barbershops and massage treatments."
He added that "theaters and restaurants will also be allowed to open on Monday, April 27th," noting that bars and nightclubs will continue to be closed.
Georgia's move comes a few days after the US President announced the plan to "open America again".
The plan proposes directions that states can follow at a time when they are moving toward easing social restrictions, aimed at curbing the spread of Corona, which has infected at least more than 784,000, while deaths exceed 42 thousand others.
Dozens demonstrated in about 20 US states against the closures, calling on their rulers to reopen the economy.
Over 21 million Americans have lost their jobs in the past four weeks, as a result of the closure.
Like Georgia, the states of Tennessee and South Carolina plan to reopen the economy in similar stages, although South Carolina has not met the proposed reopening criteria from the White House.
But health experts have warned against hurrying to lift the ban.
Some state governors have attacked President Trump for his support of the demonstrations in favor of lifting restrictions, demanding tests be provided before the economy begins to open.
"The rulers wanted to have total control over opening up the states, but now they want the federal government to do the tests and provide them. The tests are a local thing, yet we are actually doing the tests in a way that no one has done before," Trump said Sunday.
Trump announced on Monday that his deputy, Mike Pence, was discussing by phone today with the governors of the 50 states on measures to combat disease and ease restrictions.
"We provided a lot of checks, numbers that doubled in a week, and we explained to state governors that there were hundreds of laboratories ready to help state governments, and we made clear to them that the capacity is great," Trump added.