Customers trickled in to reopened restaurants, salons and gyms in Georgia on Monday following Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision to allow non-essential businesses to resume operating this week.
Despite prior protests in the state against social distancing requirements, the reopened businesses were far from packed.
Only 29% of Americans said they would feel comfortable eating at a restaurant, according to a CBS News poll released last week.
Although Waffle House’s 330 restaurants and a smattering of other eateries chose to open on Monday, most restaurants in the state remain closed.
Kemp’s decision has been met with widespread criticism, even from President Donald Trump; when asked about the disagreement with Trump at a press conference on Monday, Kemp maintained his support for the president: “He said it best today — the media wants to continue to divide us.”
Businesses that choose to reopen must follow a set of 39 guidelines laid out by the state, including that employees must wear masks and restricted capacity.
While employees across the board wore masks, many patrons did not.