The Georgia House Democratic Caucus submitted a letter to Gov. Brian Kemp Tuesday requesting the governor rescind his order that eases restrictions of the state's shelter-in-place order.
The letter states that the governor's decision should be "consistent with facts, science, and the best available public health guidance."
The Democrats also wrote "under the President's Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, Georgia should show a downward trajectory of documented cases within a 14-day period before proceeding with the type of decision you announced yesterday. At present, Georgia cannot show such a 14-day downward trajectory."
Calling the action, "too much, too soon," the Democratic Caucus said Kemp's recent order "puts Georgians at risk and may very well wind up resulting in more prolonged restrictive measures in the future."
Some background: Kemp announced Monday that gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, hair and nail salons, estheticians, and massage therapists can reopen as early Friday. Theaters and restaurants can open on Monday.
The governor's order states that no local ordinances can restrict the openings.
Several of Georgia's mayors have spoken out against the decision, saying the governor did not talk to them before announcing the loosening of restrictions. They also say residents in their communities do not feel safe.
The caucus called Georgia's testing capacity "inadequate" and urged the governor "to permit local governments to enact more restrictive measures as necessary to protect their communities."