Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta has halted the city's reopening plans and ordered residents to stay home as she revises the city's response to the Covid-19 pandemic. After an alarming spike in cases, she's putting the city back to "Phase 1" of a five phase to resume normal activities.
Bottoms released a statement on Friday explaining that this move is in response to the "alarming increase in COVID-19 cases in the state of Georgia."
BREAKING: Atlanta Mayor @KeishaBottoms is preparing to rollback city’s reopening plans to help slow the surge of coronavirus cases; the city is currently in phase 2 of its 5 step reopening plan, but now they will go back to phase 1, according to mayor’s spokesperson. @wsbtv— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) July 10, 2020
"Based upon the surge of COVID-19 cases and other data trends, pursuant to the recommendations of our Reopening Advisory Committee, Atlanta will return to Phase I of our reopening plan," the statement reads. "Georgia reopened in a reckless manner and the people of our city and state are suffering the consequences."
Phase 1 requires residents to remain in their homes except for essential trips. Restaurants will only do delivery and to-go orders while only necessary city facilities and businesses will be allowed to stay open. Atlanta will also pause its intake of special event applications.
Atlanta entered Phase 2 of reopening in May.
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