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Tyler Perry leaves $21,000 in tips for servers at Atlanta restaurant out of work amid pandemic
Filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry left $21,000 in tips at a restaurant in Atlanta over the weekend to help support servers who have been going without work during the coronavirus pandemic.
According to TMZ, Perry tipped 42 servers $500 each at a Houston's restaurant located on Northside Parkway.
The location, which is one of several operated across the country by the Hillstone Restaurant Group, is one of the actor's most-frequented dining spots.
Scores of restaurant workers across the country have seen their hours significantly reduced or wiped completely as a large number of states have issued stay-at-home orders and mandated dining spots reduce their businesses to take-out and delivery options in efforts to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus.
According to the latest data released by the Georgia Department of Public Health, more than 7,300 cases of the virus have been confirmed in the state and more than 220 deaths. The data did not include how many people in the state have recovered from the virus. However, John Hopkins University data has reported more than 275,000 recoveries worldwide out of the more than 1.3 million COVID-19 cases.
Last week, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) issued a shelter-in-place order for the entire state of Georgia that is scheduled to last at least another week.
As part of the order, residents in the state are required to adhere to social distancing guidelines advised by federal health experts.
Kemp took heat, however, following reports his order supersedes stricter mandates in cities and allows some popular beaches in the state to reopen despite the pandemic.