A few hours after the press conference a “Reopen GA” rally in support of reopening the state’s businesses is scheduled for noon also at the Capitol.
Still, other groups have voiced their concerns about the reopening as well.
The presidents of 11 Georgia chapters of the NAACP have called on Kemp to withdraw his order to reopen the state. And several mayors — including Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms — are troubled about the timing of the reopening.
“I have a lot of big concerns,” said Richard Rose, president of the Atlanta Branch of the NAACP, who plans to attend the press conference.
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“We’re in a pandemic that we have not seen in 100 years of America, so nothing is of the ordinary,” he said. “We must rely on the infectious disease experts.”
Rose is calling for more testing and greater accessibility to sites for those who may not have transportation. He suggested having testing sites near public transportation and across the metro area.
“Georgia has missed the boat in so many instances, including not expanding Medicaid,” he said.