Kemp eases more coronavirus restrictions in transition to ‘new normal.


Gov. Brian Kemp eased more of the state’s coronavirus restrictions and will allow previously shuttered businesses such as bars and nightclubs to reopen June 1.

Kemp made the announcement during his weekly press conference Thursday, citing positive data and guidance from the state’s public health commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey.

Some of Kemp’s new policies include:

  • Bars and nightclubs will be allowed to open if they meet 39 mandatory measures. Some of those measures include screening workers, sanitizing the building and limiting the number of patrons to 25 people or 35% occupancy. Live performance venues will remain closed.
  • Professional and amateur sports could resume in-person operations June 1. Amateur sports will follow the same guidelines as noncritical infrastructure businesses in Georgia. Professional sports will follow guidelines put forth by their leagues, Kemp said.
  • Overnight summer camps will be allowed to operate, provided they meet a set of 33 state-mandated requirements.
  • Summer schools will be allowed to operate if districts meet 11 measures such as screening students and workers as well as enhanced campus sanitation.
  • Amusement parks will be allowed to reopen June 12 if they comply with 33 mandatory safety requirements.
  • Gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed June 1 provided that social distancing measures are in place.

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