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Trump to Republican governor: 'too soon' to reopen

By AFP

Added 23rd April 2020 09:00 AM

Trump's administration last week laid out gradual plans to get America back to work while observing health guidelines as much as possible to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Trump to Republican governor: 'too soon' to reopen

US President Donald Trump. Photo/AFP

Trump's administration last week laid out gradual plans to get America back to work while observing health guidelines as much as possible to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

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US President Donald Trump issued rare criticism of a Republican state governor Wednesday, expressing strong disagreement with Georgia's decision to reopen small businesses like tattoo parlors and nail salons.
 
Trump's administration last week laid out gradual plans to get America back to work while observing health guidelines as much as possible to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
 
But Brian Kemp, governor of the southern state of Georgia, and Florida's Ron DeSantis, both Republicans like Trump, have announced more aggressive easing of restrictions. Kemp said that from Friday he is allowing gyms, bowling alleys, tattoo parlors, barbershops, nail salons, and other small firms to reopen.
 
At his daily briefing, Trump told reporters "it's too soon" for those businesses to resume operations, but Kemp separately said he is not just "throwing the keys back" for them to operate without guidelines.
 
"I told the governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, that I disagree strongly with his decision to open certain facilities which are in violation of the Phase One guidelines" for reopening issued last week.
 
There must be 14 days of declining infection numbers before reopening, the government said.
 
"I respect him and I will let him make his decision. Would I do that? No. I'd keep them (closed) a little bit longer. I want to protect people's lives," Trump said.
 
At the same press conference, the country's top infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, said that if he were advising Kemp, "I would tell him that he should be careful. And I would advise him not to just turn the switch on and go."
 
Just before that press conference, and after he had spoken with Trump, Kemp told Fox 5 Atlanta that his decision was based upon data and that "trends are going in the right direction."
 
He said it will be a "measured approach" and businesses resuming trade will have to follow "strict guidelines." 
 
"I think one of the things that's gotten out of control on the national level is people think we're throwing the keys back to these businesses and it's going to be business as usual, and it's not," Kemp told Fox 5 Atlanta. 
 
Under his plan, restaurants will be able to resume dine-in service from Monday.
 

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