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‘Georgia is open for business:’ Gov. Kemp loosens COVID-19 restrictions across state – Reporter Newspapers

Gov. Brian Kemp’s executive order rolling back most of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions  went into effect today, April 8, eliminating the gatherings ban, sheltering in place requirements, and distance requirements for bars, restaurants and other places of businesses.

“Many small business owners are still struggling under the impact COVID-19 has had on our economy,”  Kemp said in a video released last night. “We know hard working Georgians cannot endure another year like the last.”

Describing pandemic restrictions as a ‘thing of the past,” Kemp said it was time to “return to our way of life in the Peach State.”

“Georgians know the right thing to do; they know the best practices to protect themselves and their families,” Kemp said. “Because of our measured approach, Georgia has emerged from this crisis more resilient than ever. From now on our message is clear: Georgia is open for business.”

Kemp encouraged state residents to get the vaccine and noted in a press statement that more than 4 million doses have been administered in the state as of April 3.

Georgia’s loosening of pandemic restrictions come as public health officials have seen a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases and the variant first detected in the United Kingdom become the most common strain in the U.S.

For more on this story, see coverage in Atlanta Intown.