Georgia Lifts All COVID-19 Restrictions Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol on Saturday, April 3, 2021, in Atlanta.. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
By Nick Koutsobinas | Wednesday, 07 April 2021 09:33 PM
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced in a video statement Wednesday that the state would lift all of its COVID-19 restrictions by Thursday, given that the state's COVID-19 cases were trending in the right direction.
"Many small business owners are still struggling under the impact COVID-19 has had on our economy. And we know hard-working Georgians cannot endure another year like the last. That is why beginning tomorrow; we are loosening the remaining restrictions on our economy here in Georgia. Starting tomorrow, April 8, we will eliminate the gatherings ban and the remaining shelter-in-place requirements."
Kemp made it a point that places of business will be open for full capacity occupancy. "Distance requirements for bars, restaurants, and other places of business will be a thing of the past.
"As our COVID-19 numbers continue to trend in the right direction, and with all Georgians age 16 or over now eligible to receive the vaccine, Dr. (Kathleen) Toomey (commissioner of Georgia's Department of Public Health) and I are now encouraging everyone to roll up their sleeve and get their shot so we can continue making steady progress to return to our way of life in the peach state."
Kemp ended his video statement with the declaration, "From now on, our message is clear. Georgia is open for business."
The lift in restrictions can be seen in other states too as more and more people become vaccinated.
The video statement comes after Major League Baseball's All-Star game, set to be played in Georgia, moved to Denver. The move was seen as a protest in light of Georgia's new voting law.