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Bars, nightclubs, and live entertainment venues are going to have to sit tight a little longer before being given the green light to reopen.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp at a press conference Tuesday announced he is extending the reopening timeline for those “non-essential” businesses from May 15 to May 31.
Bars, nightclubs, and live entertainment venues are the last to reopen.
“I know that this extension is difficult for many Georgia business owners and communities that have music venues,” Kemp said.
“However, we believe that waiting a little bit longer will enhance health outcomes and give folks the opportunity to prepare for safe reopening in the near future.”
A statewide shelter-in-place order expired at the end of April with the exception of Georgia’s “medically fragile” citizens which was extended through June 12.
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