Georgia residents torn between desire to return to work and fear of coronavirus resurgence

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Rebecca Hardin is tired of stay-at-home restrictions that weeks ago shut down the Atlanta hair salon where she works, but she wondered if an order by the state’s governor allowing some businesses to reopen this week was a little premature.

Hardin, a 47-year-old hairdresser who also manages Salon Red in Atlanta’s Candler Park neighborhood, said she needs to get back to work as soon as possible. Even so, she worried that the state is risking a fresh surge of coronavirus infections and loss of life.”

I want to get back to work, but I am worried it’s too soon,” she said. “Friday seems awfully early when we are facing a deadly disease that has no cure or vaccine”.

Despite criticism from public health experts and many local officials, Governor Kemp has described the limited reopening as a measured approach that balances the need to get the state’s economy back in gear with the need to assure the safety of the public’s health. Kemp was among one of the last governors in the United States to impose the “stay-at-home” and social-distancing orders that now cover nearly all of the U.S.population.

Steve Tumlin, mayor of the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, said he planned to hit the gym and get a haircut on Friday. Atlanta’s Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said she was not told by the governor that he planned to do this and said, “I do not see that it’s based on anything logical,” the Democrat told the media.

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