Kemp lifts Ga. restrictions in new executive order

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WALKER COUNTY, Ga. (WDEF) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed a new executive order Thursday, relaxing more restrictions for the Peach State.

Beginning June 16:

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  • Those 65 and older are no longer required to shelter in place.
  • Sports of all levels are free to follow the individual league rules, whatever those may be.
  • Party maximums disappear for restaurants and movie theaters.
  • Bars can serve at least 50 people, or 35 percent of the fire code capacity, whichever is larger.
  • Limit on people per square foot in restaurants eliminated.
  • Overnight summer campers and workers can attend with a negative COVID-19 test up to 12 days prior (changed from seven days).
  • Walk-ins are welcome for hair, tattoo, massage and tanning salons.

Beginning July 1:

  • Conventions can resume, if it meets 21 specific requirements.
  • Live performance venues can reopen with compliance.

Full list from Gov. Kemp’s Office

Gov. Kemp continues to make Georgia one of the leading examples of reopening. However, not all agree with the his decision.

“I’m not a fan of premature reopenings, and I think Georgia jumped a little early,” Fort Oglethorpe resident Ed Jessee said.

“I think that we should definitely be cautious in opening things up and with removing the restrictions,” Walker County resident Shaina Gross said. “I’m reading more and more about the COVID cases increasing in Walker County specifically.”

Walker County has 216 confirmed cases of the virus — up from 189 last week.

However, some Walker County residents believe reopening is vital for the economy to survive.

“I’m glad they’re actually lifted. I think it’s long overdue,” Walker County resident Brenda Pickett said.

“I feel like it’s not necessarily the best thing to have happened, but I understand the need to have more people back in work and spending money,” Walker County resident Chance Coulombe said. “While there is a viral epidemic going on, there are a lot of small businesses that aren’t able to financially recover from said restrictions.”

“If it can be done in the right manner and people can be responsible, I think it’s a good thing,” Tony Magaraci said. “I think for a healthy economic system, I think we have to do something because if we don’t, there’s going to be a lot greater things that we’ll be accountable for.”

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Angela joined the News 12 team in November of 2017 as the weekend sports anchor and reporter. Angela is a proud member of an Army family, which means she has hometowns all over the Eastern Seaboard. Most recently, she calls Peachtree City, Georgia, home, where she graduated from Trinity Christian School and spent her free time driving her purple golf cart. She then headed to Milledgeville, Georgia, to attend Georgia College and State University. A proud Bobcat, Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication and represented her December 2016 class as one of three valedictorians. Angela comes to the Scenic City from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she worked at the NBC affiliate, WMBF News. Before the big move, she worked as Georgia College's Sports Information Assistant, which let her get paid to be the Bobcats' biggest fan. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, though, where she interned for SAV's number one station, WTOC. When she's not working, you can find Angela watching the New York Giants, Rangers or basically any other game that's on. She also loves traveling, hiking and exploring new places, all with her camera in hand. If you have any story ideas, big or small, feel free to reach out to her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at amoryan@wdef.com."