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COVID-19: What Risks And Safety Measures Are You Willing To Accept To Reopen For Business?

 Guests at a nail salon on January 29, 2014 in New York City.
Guests at a nail salon on January 29, 2014 in New York City.
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California Governor Gavin Newsom gave an update on the six factors the state is considering as they decide when to start easing stay-at-home restrictions on Wednesday.

But again Newsom said that he could not provide a specific date for reopening: "I wish I could prescribe a specific date to say, 'Well, we can turn up the light switch and go back to normalcy.' We have tried to make it crystal clear that there is no light switch." Newsom also said this week that local governments can't make changes to restrictions that would conflict with the state's stay-at-home orders.

Across the country, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp took a different approach, announcing that gyms, hair salons, tattoo parlors and bowling alleys would be allowed to reopen with some restrictions this Friday. Restaurants in Georgia can resume dine-in service on Monday, if social distancing is maintained and employees are screened for symptoms. However, many Georgia businesses say they're not yet ready to reopen and public health experts said the easing of restrictions is coming too soon.

Governor Newsom has said that when schools and businesses do begin to reopen in California, there will very likely be new safety measures in place, like reduced seating at restaurants, temperature monitoring, and staggered school schedules.But until there is a vaccine for COVID-19 or some effective treatments, any easing of current restrictions will involve some risk. 

We'd like to hear from you: what risks or safety measures are you willing to accept as stay-at-home restrictions begin to change? Call us at 866-893-5722. 


Stephen Fowler, political reporter at Georgia Public Broadcasting; tweets at @stphnfwlr

Andrew Noymer, associate professor of public health at the University of California Irvine; He’s also an expert on the 1918 influenza pandemic; tweets @AndrewNoymer