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Opinion: Hall County governments should urge residents continue sheltering in place
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A screenshot of the Hall County Board of Commissioners work session Monday, April 20, 2020. - photo by Hall County government

While the governor is prematurely lifting the shelter-in-place, Hall County should not! I urge Hall County commissioners to request that all Hall County residents and those that work here respect our decision to remain sheltering in place.   

I hope at the very least the resolution is endorsed by the city of Gainesville, the towns of Flowery Branch and Oakwood, the hospital, our churches and all those running for public office this June/November.

By not keeping a shelter-in-place longer, we are setting ourselves up for an extremely dangerous spring and summer.   

While I love getting my hair and nails done — this is not vital. Protecting my parents, my family and our community is. I support local businesses as best I can with pickup/delivery several times a week and have even “paid forward” some services. 

The move to lift the shelter-in-place looks to be one made to save the state unemployment dollars and discriminate against many segments of our community — not to keep Georgians safe. Furthermore, lifting any orders appears to be against the White House’s own recommendation that areas see at minimum 14 days of reported cases decline before lifting orders. 

Keep shelter in place.

Lois Kemp

Flowery Branch

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