By Amanda Cooper
The City of Atlanta will begin reopening soon. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced a five-phase reopening plan on Thursday, based on coronavirus milestone metrics. The recent data shows that if new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue with the current downward trend, the City could shift from the current Stay at Home Phase 1 and into Phase 2 by next week. The five-phase plan was submitted to Bottoms last week by the Mayor's Advisory Council for Reopening Atlanta.
The next immediate step for the City is Phase 2, also referred to as the "easing" phase. During that period, the City will allow private, small groups of 10 or fewer to meet with social distancing requirements while keeping the necessities of cautiousness and vigilance at the forefront of City operations. Phase 2 does not include reopening the City or City Hall and non-essential city facilities.
In the spirit of transparency, The City also created a COVID-19 Atlanta Reopening Dashboard that allows the public to view gateway metrics the City is tracking to progress to Phase 2. The ATLStrong.org website also features the John Hopkins University COVID-19 Data Tracker.
Information from both dashboards will be used to inform the public of the City's COVID-19 reopening decisions, educate them on crucial indicators that city officials are using for decision-making, and ensure transparency on progress towards a safer and healthier Atlanta. Mayor Bottoms has been extremely forthcoming about her thoughts of Governor Kemp's decision to reopen the state's economy. As Memorial Day Weekend begins, Bottoms shared a message on Twitter urging residents along with visitors to stay safe and follow the Centers for Disease Control's COVID-19 guidelines.
A comprehensive list of actions taken by Mayor Bottoms during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found online here https://www.atlantaga.gov/government/mayor-s-office/city-of-atlanta-covid-19-response.