Former Speaker of the House and 2012 presidential candidate Newt Gingrich states that he is proud that Georgia is among the ‘pioneers’ of re-opening after being on lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak. He adds that he is happy that President Donald Trump left the decision up to each governor as to when and how to reopen his or her respective state.

Gingrich shared his thoughts about reopening the United States via telephone from Rome, Italy in a recent interview on WLAQ 1410 AM and 96.9 FM (in Rome, GA). He believes that Americans must find an effective way to restart the economy without major health costs.

Restaurants in Georgia were allowed to resume dine-in services on Monday, although have some opted to offer just drive-thru and take-out service for the time being. Theatres and social clubs were also permitted to re-open. Gyms, bowling alleys and hair salons were allowed to re-open this past Friday.

Georgia’s shelter-in-place order remains in effect through this Thursday, April 30th at 11:59 pm. The medically fragile and the elderly have been encouraged by Governor Brian Kemp to shelter in place until May 13th – that’s the date on which Georgia’s public health emergency is set to expire.