Stockbridge City Council holding Thursday vote to oppose governor’s reopening plan

The Stockbridge City Council has called a special meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday to vote on a resolution opposing Gov. Brian Kemp's reopening of "non-essential" businesses this Friday.
The Stockbridge City Council has called a special meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday to vote on a resolution opposing Gov. Brian Kemp's reopening of "non-essential" businesses this Friday.

Credit: ALYSSA POINTER/AJC

Credit: ALYSSA POINTER/AJC

The Stockbridge City Council will meet Thursday in a special called meeting to voice concerns members have about Gov. Brian Kemp's order to reopen businesses.

The Council will take up a resolution to oppose the governor's plan to reopen "non-essential" businesses this Friday, according to a public notice of the meeting. The 2 p.m. event will be held over the Zoom digital meeting platform.

“The safety and well-being of all community members is our top priority,” Stockbridge Mayor Anthony Ford said in a statement. “This illness has taken far too many lives and we must continue to implement those actions to prevent the spread of this serious virus.

“Members of the Stockbridge City Council ask that citizens keep in mind that the virus can continue to spread even as the state of Georgia opens back up,” he said. “By continuing to take practical and logical steps recommended by the CDC, we all can greatly reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

Kemp on Tuesday said that bowling alleys, gyms, nail salons and barbers can reopen early as this Friday after he removes operating restrictions in place because of the coronavirus.

Next week he plans to also open restaurants to in-room dining, though operators of many metro area eateries said they intend to remain closed except for delivery or drive-through.

The Stockbridge City Council, like many governmental bodies in metro Atlanta, approved legislation closing "non-essential" businesses in March to address the spread of coronavirus. Kemp's decision overrides all individual ordinances.