Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision to ease restrictions imposed on businesses to stem the tide of COVID-19 cases is being met with praise from at least one local leader.
Marietta Mayor Steve “Thunder” Tumlin on Monday used Facebook to share his plans once Kemp’s executive order goes into effect allowing salons, fitness centers, bowling alleys, tattoo parlors and massage therapists to open Friday.
Tumlin, a former Republican lawmaker, will hit the gym and get a hair cut on Friday and “begin eating everyday, breakfast, lunch and dinner at a Marietta restaurant” on Monday, according to his Facebook post. Dine-in restaurants will be allowed to open on Monday.
“Thank you Governor Brian Kemp and our state leaders, health leaders and our Georgia National Guard,” he said. “Buy, hire, trade and dine in Marietta. Godspeed. Seek out Marietta businesses, restaurants and professionals to patronage. Worship in Marietta (while) respecting social distancing.”
Tumlin's positive tone is in stark contrast to what some of his counterparts are saying around the state. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said she will continue to ask her residents to stay home. Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis said he and other leaders were "shocked" by Kemp's decision.
Savannah Mayor Van Johnson didn't mince words in his characterization of Kemp's move. He noted the governor's decision was "reckless" and "premature."
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