Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is preparing to scale back his state’s coronavirus restrictions as more people are getting vaccinated.
Kemp’s plans include rolling back capacity limits and loosening restrictions on large gatherings. Public health guidelines in place for restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues will become laxer beginning April 1.
“Georgians know the right thing to do,” Kemp said Friday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “They know the value in best practices, but they also can’t wait to return to their normal life. Loosening these restrictions is the next critical step in that process, and it signals an even bigger light at the end of the tunnel.”
Georgia will follow the lead of other states that have started to scale back their coronavirus restrictions.
Mississippi and Texas took some of the biggest leaps by lifting their mask mandates and allowing businesses to operate at full capacity.
Georgia was one of the states that never implemented a mandatory mask mandate throughout the duration of the pandemic.
The Peach State has had more than 1 million COVID-19 cases and more than 18,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University’s data.
The state has administered 3.2 million vaccine doses, the Georgia Department of Public Health said. Almost 2.1 million Georgians have received at least one dose.
All Georgians are able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, following Kemp’s announcement Tuesday that the state would expand eligibility.