(PatrioticPost.Com)- The Chinese coronavirus pandemic is getting very real for millions of people across the United States, and residents of Georgia are about to feel the impact of the virus more than many so than many other places across the country.
Republican Governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, announced this week that a shelter-in-place order will be issued soon and will apply to every person in the state. Kemp is one of several governors choosing to implement a strict lockdown that encourages people to work from home when possible.
On Wednesday, Kemp told the Georgia State Capitol that he would implement the lockdown order the following day. The order will go into effect on Friday and is expected to last until at least April 13. Kemp said he would also sign an order that closes all K-12 schools for the rest of the year.
“I want to encourage my fellow Georgians to hang in there,” he said. “I know you’re tired of this, but we must first overcome the obstacles in our path.”
In keeping w/ our promise to let data & experts guide our decisions, I announced another strategic step forward. Tomorrow, I will sign a statewide shelter in place order. We will issue guidance soon so Georgians can prepare for the next phase in the fight against COVID-19. #gapol
— Brian Kemp (@BrianKempGA) April 1, 2020
Kemp was initially reluctant to issuing the order, just like many other politicians. Even President Trump was telling the press he wanted to see the U.S. economy reopened by Easter weekend just a week or two ago – but as the virus continues to spread across the country, governors are being forced to take drastic action to protect the health system and save lives.
Kemp said during his Capitol address that he changed his mind about avoiding shutting down the economy after seeing new projections of how the virus is expected to spread across the state. New information that shows how the disease can spread asymptomatically also contributed to his decision.
“Those individuals could have been infecting people before they ever felt that. We didn’t know that until the last 24 hours,” Kemp announced.
Under the order, only key industries will continue operating in Georgia. This includes grocery stores, medical operations, and other companies that are required for people to maintain a reasonably normal quality of life.
Kemp also encouraged Georgia residents to avoid panic buying at the stores.