Atlanta Enters Phase 2 of Five Phased Reopening Plan

Kemp's new order supersedes local authority, so how effective is Bottoms’ plan?

Amanda Cooper
May 29, 2020 - 8:42 am
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It is official; Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced this week that the City of Atlanta enters into Phase II of the Five Phased Reopening Plan laid out last week. Bottoms says her decision to proceed to the next phase is based on metrics. She says the data shows Atlanta has sustained the necessary 14-day downward trend in new cases of COVID-19, hospitalizations, and percent of positive test cases while maintaining sufficient hospital and critical care bed capacity to progress into Phase 2 known as the “Easing” phase. 

Governor Kemp announced Thursday that he is renewing the state public health emergency, reopening of bars, nightclubs, and summer day camps, and allowing increased gatherings from 10 to 25. The governor’s order supersedes local authority, leaving many asking, how effective is Bottoms’ Five-Phased Plan for reopening Atlanta. 

As the City moves into the “Easing Phase,” the following guidelines are being proposed.
 
 Individuals:
   *  Stay home except for essential trips
   *  Wear face coverings in public
   *  Frequent hand washing
   *  Social distancing
   *  Small, private gatherings of no more than ten people, with social distancing
 
 Businesses/Non-Profits:
   *  To-go and curbside pickups from restaurants and retail establishments
   *  Continue practicing teleworking
   *  Frequent cleaning of public and high touch areas
 
 City Government:
   *  Non-essential City facilities remain closed
   *  Continue moratorium on special event applications
   *  Continue communication with local and state authorities to monitor public health metrics
 
A statement released by the City, an Administrative Order issued by Mayor Bottoms on Thursday, May 21, 2020, directs the Chief Operating Officer to work with the Atlanta Department of Transportation to develop a plan for Atlanta’s streets. 

The Mayor’s order outlines that the plan should be submitted, and initial actions within the plan should begin implementation by June 1, 2020.