Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced Monday that some Georgia businesses will reopen Friday.

Georgia will allow businesses such as gyms and hair and nail salons to reopen on Friday, Kemp said, noting that these businesses must stagger shifts, conduct health screenings on employees, and keep work spaces 6 feet apart from each other, The Hill reported.


“By taking this measured action, we will get Georgians back to work safely without undermining the progress we all have made in this battle against COVID-19,” Kemp said at a press conference.

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Though bars and nightclubs will remain closed, private social clubs, restaurants, and theaters may open Saturday, according to The Hill.

The move came the same day that Republican South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order formally announcing the reopening of some retail stores, such as furniture, clothing, jewelry, and department stores, and removing restrictions on state beaches, public piers, docks, and wharfs, WYFF reported.

The stores may reopen as of 5 p.m. Monday, but must follow strict social distancing guidelines.

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