Stacey Abrams: ‘Nothing’ about Georgia governor’s decision to reopen ‘makes sense’
Georgia Democrat and former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams on Tuesday said Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s (R) decision to reopen some businesses Friday amid the coronavirus pandemic could put lives in danger.
“There’s nothing about this that makes sense,” Abrams said in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “The mayors of Atlanta, Albany and Savannah have all questioned the wisdom of doing this. And the fact is the governor didn’t consult with mayors before making this decision.”
Abrams said the decision will force Georgia residents to head back to work without having been tested for the coronavirus and without access to adequate health care.
“The worry is that by trying to push a false opening of the economy, we risk putting more lives in danger,” she said
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) similarly said she is concerned and confused about Kemp’s decision. She said she was not consulted ahead of Kemp’s decision.
“I work very well with our governor, and I look forward to having a better understanding of what this reasoning is, but as I look at the data and as I talk with our public health officials, I don’t see that it’s based on anything that is logical,” Bottoms said in an interview with CNN Monday night.
Kemp announced Monday some businesses, including gyms, hair and nail salons and bowling alleys, will be allowed to open Friday with some precautions in place.
Kemp said theaters, private social clubs and restaurants will be allowed to reopen April 27, with the same requirements in place. Bars and nightclubs will remain closed.
Georgia has reported 19,398 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 774 deaths.