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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) has announced that he will lift the state's shelter-in-place order for most residents on Thursday at 11:59 pm, though it will remain in place for the elderly and “medically fragile” through June 12.

Why it matters: Kemp has come under fire for his aggressive efforts to roll back coronavirus restrictions earlier than most governors. Even President Trump, an ally of the governor, said he "strongly disagrees" with Kemp's decision last week to reopen non-essential businesses like gyms, bowling alleys and tattoo parlors.

The big picture: While all businesses will be allowed to reopen, Kemp said he is urging shops to follow “strict social distancing and sanitation rules” that will run through May 13.

  • Kemp also renewed restrictions that require nursing homes and long-term care facilities to take aggressive steps to curb the virus through June 12.
  • Georgia residents should still adhere to the CDC's recommendation of wearing masks in public and maintaining six feet of distance.

By the numbers: Georgia has reported 26,125 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 1,120 deaths as of Thursday.

What they're saying: “What we’ve done has worked. It’s given us time to build our hospital infrastructure capacity, get ventilators and ramp up testing. That’s what really drove our decision," Kemp said in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The other side: "Brian Kemp is playing a dangerous game by ending Georgia’s shelter in place order before it is safe,"said Nikema Williams, chair of the Georgia Democratic Party. "It is reckless and irresponsible for Kemp to use Georgians as the guinea pigs in a public health experiment that will go wrong."

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Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) announced on Wednesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Davis, the top Republican on the House Administration Committee, said he has taken precautions against the virus, such as twice-daily temperature checks. He spoke to Republicans about staying safe after Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) recently tested positive for the virus and spoke out against wearing face masks, Politico notes.

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N.Y., N.J. and Conn. to require travelers from 35 states to quarantine

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Travelers from 35 states are now required to quarantine for 14 days when traveling to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, per New York state's health department.

What's new: New York City will set up bridge and tunnel checkpoints to enforce the quarantine order, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday, per the Wall Street Journal.

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