Undeterred by a barrage of criticism, Georgia is moving ahead with its plan to reopen some nonessential businesses despite an increase in coronavirus deaths statewide.

Gov. Brian Kemp was one of the last state leaders to issue a stay-at-home order effective April 3 to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Coronavirus spread 'under the radar' in US major cities since January, researchers say
Coronavirus spread ‘under the radar’ in US major cities since January, researchers say
This week, he became one of the nation’s first governors to ease those restrictions after he allowed businesses such as gyms, barber shops, hair salons, tattoo parlors and bowling alleys to reopen Friday.
His decision has pit him against mayors from several cities, including Atlanta, Augusta and Savannah. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms called his announcement perplexing for a state battling a virus that’s killed nearly 900 residents and sickened about 22,000 others. Nationwide, the death toll is approaching 50,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
“When I look at the data, I see our (state Covid-19) numbers are going up,” Bottoms said. ” … I have searched my head and my heart on this and I am at a loss as to what the governor is basing this decision on.”