ATLANTA – Starting today, restaurant tables in Georgia may be a little closer, more people can gather and vulnerable residents should no longer stay at home, as Governor Brian Kemp loosens COVID- restrictions 19.
Kemp said it is part of an effort to show that “Georgia is open for business”. He made the announcement last week reverse most of the restrictions imposed a year ago.
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For example, restaurant tables will now need to be only 3.5 feet apart instead of the previous 6 feet. People in cinemas can sit closer and there is no longer a 50-person limit for meetings when people are less than 1.80 m away, which could allow for larger concerts and conventions indoors.
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“As cases and hospitalizations continued to decline and more Georgians are being vaccinated, the governor continues to protect lives and livelihoods by lifting the remaining restrictions to help Georgians get back to normal,” said Kemp in a statement.
So far, more than 19,000 Georgians have died from COVID-19.
Some entrepreneurs say that they do not intend to change much for the time being.
“It is very difficult, because I am not having the opportunity to make this recipe. And on the other side, you know, is the question of security. So, you know, I’m in, I need to be honest, I’m in the middle, ”said Houcke’s Grille in Canton, general manager Scott Spilberg.
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But others said they appreciate flexibility.
The owner of the Table and Main restaurant in Roswell, Ryan Pernice, said that revenues fell about 50% from pre-pandemic levels.
“For me, the governor’s order gives us more flexibility as customers and guests to determine which company finds me where I am at my own comfort level,” said Pernice.
Associated Press information was used in this report