As coronavirus numbers dip, Kemp enlists businesses to keep them lower

Georgia’s daily number of new coronavirus cases hit the lowest number since June 22 Monday.

The state reported 1,548 new cases Monday, down from 2,197 the day before and 2,826 Saturday. Monday’s number of new cases is the lowest number this month and the lowest since June 22 when the state added 1,227 new cases. Since then, the state has seen a sharp increase in new cases.

The total number of confirmed cases statewide is 97,064 with 2,878 deaths and 11,919 hospitalizations.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is calling on the business community to make a “safety promise” both to the state and customers. The “Safety Promise” campaign launched Monday and calls on the buysiness community to voluntarily agree to follow the latest guidelines from the Governor’s Office and the Georgia Department of Public Health — including promoting social distancing, wearing face coverings, cleaning surfaces, and washing and sanitizing hands.

Participating Georgia businesses will receive a full digital toolkit of resources to share their commitment, including social media posts, signage for their business, and more.

 “The Georgia Safety Promise is a pledge between business owners and and the public to join together to maintain a safe environment following Georgia Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines,” Kemp said.

Kemp says all Georgians can personally commit to the Georgia Safety Promise by following basic safety guidelines when in public spaces, including practicing social distance, wearing a face covering, washing and sanitizing hands, and supporting businesses that have committed to the Georgia Safety Promise.

The new initiative comes as Kemp is facing pressure from the medical community to make mask-wearing mandatory in Georgia.

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