Georgia governor says state will continue with business reopenings

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks following a State Board of Equalization meeting April 20, in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks following a State Board of Equalization meeting April 20, in Oklahoma City. Sue Ogrocki/AP

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said today businesses in his state can start reopening this week.

His plan involves three phases and “will not move to the next phase until the data tells us that it’s safe to do so,” Stitt said.

Starting on Friday, Stitt said “personal care businesses” can reopen for appointments “only if they adhere to strict sanitation protocols” and are in communities that do not have more restrictions in place. Those businesses include hair and nail salons, barbershops, spas, and pet groomers. 

Stitt said restaurants, dining rooms, movie theaters, sporting venues and gyms can open on May 1 if they maintain “strict social distancing and sanitation protocols.” 

He also said that places of worship can reopen for in-person meetings or worship on May 1 but noted that staff and volunteers will need to wear masks when interacting with the public. 

Bars, however, will remain closed

He stressed “even as things begin to open, it is so important that we continue to practice social distancing.” 

“This is a careful and measured approach designed to protect our most vulnerable will safely easing Oklahomans back to work,” he said.

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