Candice Broce, communications and deputy executive counsel for Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, defended his announcement saying that the state has satisfied all criteria required by the White House to reopen.
Broce said Kemp consulted with multiple public health professionals before making his decision.
She went on to say that the governor “clearly” laid out his rationale for reopening the state during Monday’s announcement.
Some background: Mayors from around the state voiced concern about Kemp's decision to open some businesses, saying Kemp did not consult with local officials.
"I have searched my head and my heart on this and I am at a loss as to what the governor is basing this decision on," Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told CNN.
Some businesses and churches said they would not follow Kemp's guidance and would keep their doors closed.