Health and Medicine

Some US governors move to reopen their states, though some local leaders are pushing back

Conflict between the Prez and the Govs, and conflict between the Gov and the locals. Excellent. Both horizontal and vertical divisiveness.

By Christina Maxouris and Jason Hanna

A few states are moving toward reopening their economies amid the coronavirus pandemic, but some local leaders don’t want their residents to go along — even as idled workers weigh the benefits of getting paychecks again.

In Georgia and South Carolina, Republican governors announced they’ll ease restrictions this week despite neither meeting White House recommendations of a two-week downward trend in cases before lifting measures in phases.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, saying workers and business owners need relief, said businesses including bowling alleys, body art studios and hair and nail salons can reopen this week. Theaters and restaurants can open their doors next week with social distancing restrictions.

Local governments can’t countermand the decision — but some mayors are asking their residents to stay home.


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