Georgia Trend Daily – March 19, 2020

March 19, 2020 WABE 90.1

Atlanta’s Food Service Industry Already Feeling Coronavirus Impact, Braces For More

Molly Samuel reports, as the city of Atlanta limits the number of people allowed in bars and restaurants, people who work in the food service industry are worried about what comes next. Some restaurants have already chosen to close temporarily, some are limiting hours, and others are only doing take-out orders.


March 19, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Waycross/Ware County: Investing for the Future

Betty Darby reports that in Waycross and Ware County, its not just “location, location, location.” It’s also “logistics, logistics, logistics.”


March 19, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Facebook likes Atlantic Station for new location

Andy Peters reports that Facebook is coming to Atlantic Station, as the social media company plans to lease the top floor of T3 West Midtown. Facebook will occupy 35,900 square feet in the innovative office building on 17th Street, according to a news release issued by Hines, the building’s developer.


March 19, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Amazon expands logistics network with more than 1-million-square-foot center in metro Atlanta

Douglas Sams reports that Inc. will occupy over 1 million square feet for a new logistics operation north of Atlanta. Amazon leased two buildings in Lanier Logistics Center, a 112-acre development in Buford, about 45 minutes outside the city.


March 19, 2020 Brunswick News

Businesses struggle amid social distancing

Gordon Jackson reports that Kristen Holley is like many restaurant managers in downtown Brunswick struggling with growing concerns about the coronavirus. Hungry Hannah’s, the restaurant she manages, normally gets around $1,500 to $1,600 in business on a typical weekday. But since Monday, business has dwindled to a trickle of what it normally is.


March 19, 2020 Rome News-Tribune

Former Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital property may be part of state response to the coronavirus outbreak

Diane Wagner reports that Gov. Brian Kemp has set up advisory committees to prepare for an expected escalation in COVID-19 cases — and Sen. Chuck Hufstetler has a role in the coordinated effort. The Rome Republican is an anesthetist at a local hospital. His critical care experience led to his appointment on a committee chaired by Dr. Ben Watson, a Republican senator from Savannah, along with two other senators in the medical field.


March 19, 2020 Gainesville Times

Local, state governments do not have plans to restrict restaurants during coronavirus outbreak

Megan Reed reports that while many businesses and restaurants are taking their own precautions to avoid the spread of coronavirus, including expanding pickup and delivery options, local governments and the state do not have plans to impose their own restrictions. Gov. Kemp’s press secretary Cody Hall said Wednesday that the state does not have current plans to restrict hours or mandate closure of businesses and restaurants.


March 19, 2020 Marietta Daily Journal

Gov. Kemp: Prioritize tests for most vulnerable, first responders, health workers

Staff reports that after conversations with hospital and healthcare facility officials, and as COVID-19 continues to spread around the globe and throughout communities in Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp, the Georgia Department of Public Health, and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency issued the following joint statement:


March 19, 2020 Albany Herald

State officials vow to assist laid-off Georgia employees

Staff reports that Gov. Brian P. Kemp and officials with the Georgia Department of Labor addressed Wednesday an increase in the number of partial claims filed as a result of businesses reducing work hours or temporarily closing their doors in light of recent developments regarding COVID-19.


March 19, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Georgia Democrats press voting rights law that could change elections

Daniel C. Vock reports that a year after Democrats in the U.S. House passed sweeping legislation that would have changed the way elections are conducted in Georgia and around the country, top Democrats mounted a new effort to cajole Senate Republicans into taking up the measure. For example, Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Ga.) pushed for provisions that would prohibit chief election officials from participating in campaigns for candidates seeking federal office.


March 19, 2020 The Center Square

Georgia businesses continue to hold on during COVID-19 outbreak

Nyamekye Daniel reports that some Georgia businesses have halted a portion or all of their operations because of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a Georgia Chamber of Commerce poll. Out of the 300 chamber members who responded to a short survey sent Monday, 35 percent reported stopping some or all of their operations.


March 19, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kemp concerned about ‘overreach’; critics want more done about virus

Greg Bluestein reports, armed with broad new authorities to suspend state laws and limit gatherings, Gov. Brian Kemp has so far used his powerful pulpit to do a lot of urging. He’s recommended that nursing homes restrict visitors. He’s nudged clergy members to hold online services and organizers to reconsider events.

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