America is finally beginning to open back up. Many states across the nation are working together, but most of the South is choosing to work alone.
The Governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, has been criticized for being the first to start reopening businesses. Some people say he is starting too early, but others think it is the right time.
In Tennessee, Governor Bill Lee said that most businesses in his state would reopen, starting next week. In South Carolina, Governor Henry McMaster may soon let department and speciality stores open soon.
Governors Tate Reeves of Mississippi and Ron DeSantis of Florida have already allowed their beaches to reopen. Reeves also said that curbside pickup and delivery for non-essential businesses can begin soon.
Louisiana was hit hard with the Coronavirus, experiencing some of the highest death rates. Governor John Bel Edwards said he’d allow some types of non-emergency medical procedures to begin. The stay-at-home order expires on April 30, and Edwards said the next steps depend on how things go with with the virus.
In Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey has decided to keep the stay-at-home order through the end of the month. And Asa Hutchinson, the Arkansas governor, never put a lockdown in place, although he did impose some social distancing.
The southern governments are not coordinating with each other, which has some people concerned that their independent efforts may allow the virus to spread. Some argue that reopening one state may lead to more cases in neighboring regions. On the other hand, each state has different needs.
As April comes to a close and May begins the reopening of our nation, all we can do is wait and watch what happens.