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Georgia to remove most restrictions on restaurants and movie theaters
Gov. Brian Kemp on Thursday signed an executive order that will remove many restrictions in Georgia next week on June 16, including allowing restaurants and movie theaters to no longer enforce maximums on the number of people who can sit together.
Also beginning on June 16:
- Bars can allow up to 50 people
- Residents 65 and older no longer have to shelter in place
- Gatherings may now include up to 50 people
- Professional, amateur, collegiate and high school sports can resume, but must follow health rules set by their respective leagues and organizations
- Walk-ins for barber shops, salons, tattoo parlors, massage parlor and tanning salons may resume
The order comes on the same day Georgia reported 993 new cases of coronavirus and 46 deaths.
Dow plunges nearly 7 percent on concerns of coronavirus resurgence
U.S. stocks dropped sharply on Thursday as investors weighed sobering economic forecasts and new data, along with indications that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from subsiding.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 1,861 points, or 6.9 percent, and the S&P 500 was down 5.9 percent, the biggest fall since March 16. Just a day before, the Nasdaq Composite hit an intraday high.
On Thursday, several sectors including hospitality and leisure suffered steep declines. As more than 20 states report a climb in coronavirus cases, there are new worries that consumers will be reluctant to return to restaurants and take trips.