Georgia governor ignored experts as the coronavirus pandemic raged

ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp already had reopened bars and restaurants, gyms and nightclubs, barber shops and tattoo parlors, amusement parks and summer camps. Next up: live entertainment venues. That’s when Dr. Kathleen Toomey spoke up. Toomey, Georgia’s public health commissioner, thought it would be impossible to stop the coronavirus from spreading through crowded concert halls, convention centers and sports stadiums. So she had her lawyer write the governor’s lawyer to register her concerns. Three days later, Kemp reopened the entertainment venues anyway. This episode last June illustrates ho…

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