Commenters were evenly divided in favor or against Kemp’s decision to reopen businesses.
Sandy Springs residents react to Gov.Brian Kemp’s decision on Facebook
Some questioned Kemp's judgment in considering nail salons an essential business and worried about the reopenings triggering a second wave in the virus outbreak.
A separate post doubted information on COVID-19’s mortality rate and the number of people infected with coronavirus that has been presented by media and politicians.
Ryan Pernice, who owns three restaurants, Table and Main and Osteria in Roswell and Coalition in Alpharetta created a formal Facebook post informing customers that he does not intend to reopen on Monday.
Pernice told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he is figuring out the proper safety measures for employees and customers.
After Kemp's announcement, Pernice, held a nearly hourlong Facebook live session to answer questions from restaurant patrons on how he plans to move forward. Both posts together had nearly 300 comments, Wednesday, expressing supporting of the business owners' careful approach to reopening.
In a statement to the AJC, Roswell City Councilman Mike Palermo said business owners and residents should have a say in how their city economy reopens through their local representatives. “My initial reaction to [Kemp’s decision] is wondering if a one-size-fits-all approach is best for the entire state,” said Palermo. “Each community has a vested interest in balancing the needs of immediately reopening their economy and protecting the safety of residents and employees.”