Sandy Springs mayor on CNN, defends Kemp decision to reopen businesses

Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul appeared on CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time, Tuesday, to discuss Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision to reopen Georgia businesses during the continued coronavirus pandemic.

Paul told host Chris Cuomo that Kemp, who is a friend, was faced with a difficult decision.

“We’ve got to be very cautious about how we do this,” said Paul, regarding Sandy Springs’ approach to reopening the city. “We’re still waiting on a little bit of guidance from the state to know how we are going to enforce all the different things that are going to be required, but we are going to implement it as safely and as conscientiously as we possibly can in Sandy Springs. And the health and safety of our citizens is going to be paramount.”

Paul told Cuomo that time will show the level of trust that the community has in getting back to some kind of normalcy at this time.

Earlier, during a City Council meeting, Paul said there is concern within Sandy Springs Code Enforcement and Public Safety departments about how Kemp's order will work locally.

“We’re going to make the best decisions that we can, given the information that we’ve got, erring on the side of public safety and public health, and that’s what we are going to do,” Paul told Council members.

The mayor spent two weeks in self-quarantine after exposure to others with coronavirus. Paul has said that he did not experience symptoms but he had attended a meeting with two city employees who tested positive for coronavirus.