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While Georgia Governor Brain Kemp thinks it’s safe for the state’s citizens to start re-patronizing businesses like salons and barbershops amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and for restaurants to reopen dining rooms starting Monday, April 27, public tours to the Governor’s Mansion are “canceled until further notice.”
Although venues like the Governor’s Mansion are not explicitly listed as “businesses” that could reopen Friday, keeping it closed seems contradictory to the message the governor is peddling about reopening the state.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily canceling public tours until further notice to ensure the health and safety of Georgia families,” according to a note posted to the official “Tour the Mansion” landing page on the Governor’s website.
A call to the Governor’s Mansion leads to a recording with a similar message, and calls to the Governor’s office Sunday went unanswered.
The Governor’s Mansion, at 391 West Paces Ferry Road NW in Buckhead’s Tuxedo Park neighborhood, is where Kemp and his family reside.
Public tours of the mansion up until the coronavirus outbreak were conducted throughout the year on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
The tour is a hybrid of a guided and self-guided tour.
It’s unclear when the Governor’s Mansion will reopen, but a note to the tours page advises Georgians to check back for updates via this link.
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And this should come as some surprise?
I made a petition to encourage the mansion to reopen:
No tourist destinations are cleared to open, nor are any businesses told to reopen. All that has been done is lifting the restrictions and providing guidance on how to reopen.
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