“We are taking steps every day to return to normal. We’ve come a long way, but we have not yet finished the race. Many small business owners in our state 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,” Kemp said in a video statement on Tuesday.
“That is why it begins tomorrow. We are loosening the remaining restrictions on our economy here in Georgia.”
Kemp said the state restrictions to be raised include abolishing the ban on assembling, shelter-in-place conditions that were first put in place about a year ago, and social distancing terms for bars, restaurants, and other places of business.
The state is also dropping the ability of law enforcement to close a business or organization for negligence to comply with the state’s executive orders.
Alternatively, the state will originate “recommended guidance” compressed into an easy-to-use list, the governor said.
“Georgians know the right thing to do. They know the best practices to protect themselves and their families,” he said.
His statement comes several weeks after Kemp signed an executive order that raised some COVID-19 restrictions, which was expected to begin on April 8 and last through April 30.
“As our COVID-19 numbers continue to trend in the right direction, and with all Georgians aged 16 or over now eligible to receive the vaccine, Dr. Toomey 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,” the governor said.
Georgia is the newest state to crack down on its pandemic restrictions such as mask mandates and indoor capacity limits despite the caution of another surge of the virus by the Biden administration. Other states that have already lifted or announced their intention to lift restrictions include Texas, Arizona, Mississippi, and Wyoming, and they are currently doing way better than Georgia, which makes many believe that lifting the restrictions is better than staying with them.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton had also sued officials in the City of Austin and Travis County for failing to comply with a government order that lifted a mask mandate across the state.
In late March, President Joe Biden and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cautioned Americans about untimely declaring a victory against the virus, while adding that there was still potential for another wave of cases.