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Health officials worry Gov. Kemp reopening Georgia too soon

He gave several businesses the "green light" to reopen starting Friday.

ATLANTA — Some leading health experts are criticizing Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision to reopen several businesses on Friday.

“We were late to close the state and now I think we’re definitely erring on the side of rushing to re-open the state before we have the pieces in place to do that,” said Dr. Harry Heiman, a Public Health Expert from Georgia State University.

Tuesday, Heiman took part in a virtual townhall meeting with Gwinnett Democratic congressional candidate Carolyn Bourdeaux.

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Heiman said the governor was making a decision based on economics and not health.

“What’s good for business isn’t always good for the people working in those businesses. And for the communities in general,” Heiman said.

Kemp has said businesses like gyms, barbershops and nail salons can open on Friday.

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While restaurants can reopen their dining rooms this upcoming Monday.

The Governor says there will be increased guidelines about cleanliness and social distancing.

But others worry those measures won’t be enough.

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“Many people, including myself, are really worried about whether the state is ready to do this,” said Bourdeaux.

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