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Southern U.S. States Push to Reopen With Economic Pressure Rising

  • Georgia, South Carolina moves come days after Trump guidelines
  • Questions remain about whether those states meet benchmarks
An empty Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW in Atlanta on April 4.
An empty Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW in Atlanta on April 4.Photographer: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Southern Republican governors who were among the last to institute shelter-at-home orders are now pushing to become the first to lift them. Tattoo parlors, movie theaters and nail salons in Georgia will begin opening up this week along with beaches, florists and shoe shops in South Carolina.

The announcements came Monday afternoon after Georgia Governor Brian Kemp spent the weekend talking to his fellow Republican governors in the South about how best to restart their economies in response to guidelines issued last week by the White House.