In addition to our normal news coverage, What Now Atlanta is tracking ways Atlanta’s businesses are adapting to the novel coronavirus and the challenges it brings to brick-and-mortars.
While many Atlanta business owners are awaiting specifics on reopening after learning Monday that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp will start the process with certain brick-and-mortars on Friday, April 24, all-male bathhouse FLEXspas has plans to welcome back customers as soon as the clock strikes 12:01 a.m.
“After lifting Georgia state mandates FLEXspas Atlanta will reopen for business this Friday at 12:01 a.m.,” the company late-Monday posted to its Facebook page.
“During our month-long shutdown to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, our Atlanta location has undergone a proactive deep clean. A heightened cleaning schedule is being implemented upon our reopening to keep our facility, staff, and customers as safe as possible during this time.”
It’s unclear if FLEXspas falls under the shortlist of businesses allowed to reopen Friday and the Governor’s office did not immediately respond to What Now Atlanta’s request for comment.
What is clear is that businesses reopening will be contingent on guidelines provided by the state including social distancing which calls for at least six feet of physical separation between people, according to the C.D.C.
Kemp said at a press conference Monday specifics regarding the state’s reopening would be detailed later in the week.
“Like any other current business, we encourage any individual who is feeling sick or has possible flu symptoms, NOT to attend until seeking proper medical attention,” FLEXspas wrote.
“Our remaining locations in Cleveland, Los Angeles & Phoenix will remain closed at this time per their individual state mandates and will continue to follow Governor reopening guidelines.”
[Editor’s note: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is rapidly evolving as is its effect on Atlanta, and the City’s businesses and its residents. Click here for What Now Atlanta’s ongoing coverage of the crisis. For guidance and updates on the pandemic, please visit the C.D.C. website.]