Satisfied or indignant, the people of the State of Georgia, entered frankly on Friday on the way to the déconfinement with the opening of shops on non-essential encouraged by the governor. A decision strongly criticized, including by Donald Trump, yet in favour of “restart” quickly the american economy was ravaged by the pandemic of COVID-19.
The governor, republican Brian Kemp, a staunch supporter of the president, has authorized sports halls, bowling alleys, workshops, tattoo, hairdressing salons and beauty or manicure to reopen in this american State.
They must, however, comply with the “basic rules”, such as distance to health and the limitation of the number of customers.
In a small shopping center Atlanta, Chris Edwards has opened her hair salon as early as 7am. “Yes, I’m glad”, he said to the AFP under his mask while he makes the beard to a client that is not hidden.
“I am a small trader. If I do not cut the hair, I do not earn money”, he explains, ensuring to follow all safety instructions.
His client, a doctor who does not wish to be identified, believes that “it is probably more dangerous to go to the supermarket”.
A little further on, a workshop for the tattoo is opened, but only works on appointments. “We looked forward to re-open, but we want to be responsible,” says the boss, Rob Flat.
The cinemas and the restaurants, themselves, will be able to open partially on Monday, while the bars and night clubs remain closed for the time being, the order of containment to be lifted on the 1st of may in this State of the south-east of the country.
Brian Kemp, said to have the support of local health authorities and has ensured, on Thursday, that the businesses would give “priority to the health and well-being of employees and customers”.
But with more than 21 800 cases positive for the coronavirus, and more than 880 deaths due to the disease of the COVID-19, other fustigent a decision ” irresponsible “.
“Some want to sacrifice lives in the name of economy, and it is unacceptable,” launched Friday on ABC’s the mayor, a democrat of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms.
According to it, Georgia does not comply with the criteria presented by the White House to raise gradually the activity of the first power in the world, which include, in particular a continued decline in the number of cases and deaths.
“Stupidity kills”, “Believe in science, not Kemp”: in front of the residence of the governor, in Atlanta, ten drivers carrying banners with slogans sometimes flowers have demonstrated their discontent by honking.
“I’m afraid that this empire a lot,” says the AFP Eden Lio, an artist, waitress and binder of books. Even if she says she lost both of her jobs, she wished to manifest.
Because of the déconfinement, a “second wave” of COVID-19 ” is going to kill a lot more people that no one can yet imagine and in the long term, the closures will eventually last for a year or more “, is afraid of it.
Some professionals also believe that it is too early.
Denouncing “a decision irresponsible, which is just based on money rather than science,” Randy Adler did not intend to reopen the restaurant Woman’s Midtown on Monday.
Even Donald Trump, is a staunch supporter of a raise in the faster of the economy, confirmed Friday on Twitter that he had “never said OK to the governor Brian Kemp for those few businesses not affected by the plan.”
“The spas, beauty salons, tattooists and hair salons should wait a little bit,” added the republican president, who had, before the crisis, to campaign on the good health of the economy to win a second term in November.
The new coronavirus has made more than 50 000 deaths in the United States, the worst official in the world, and caused a severe economic crisis has made unemployment more than 26 million Americans.
According to the White House, 16 u.s. States have already unveiled stimulus plans for their economies. Texas, and Vermont have authorized a partial resumption of activities, and the South Carolina and Florida have reopened a stretch of coastline to the public.
But in New York, epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, it is not a question of lowering the guard.
“I know that everyone is impatient”, said on Friday its governor, Andrew Cuomo. But if the shops reopened too quickly, “this is what’s going to happen: all the progress made will disappear”, he warned, saying fear the risk of a “second wave” of contagion.