President Trump on Wednesday said he disagrees with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision to reopen part of his state’s economy Friday.
“I think it’s too soon,” Trump said at the White House coronavirus task force briefing, of Kemp’s call to allow certain small businesses — including hair and nail salons — to reopen their doors.
“I told the governor very simply that I disagree with his decision, but he has to do what he thinks is right,” the president said.
Kemp announced the move on Monday. Other businesses given the green light to reopen include bowling alleys and tattoo parlors.
But to start operating again, the businesses must follow strict social distancing and hygiene requirements, which can be troublesome, especially for services like haircuts that usually require close contact.
Trump suggested that the businesses set to open in the Peach State would be better suited to start in “Phase 2” of the federal guidance for reopening states.
“I think spas and beauty salons and tattoo parlors and barber shops in Phase 1 … is just too soon,” the president said.
“Maybe you wait a little bit longer until you get into a Phase 2.”
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