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Entrepreneur Mark Cuban said Friday there was a problem with how the idea of reopening the economy was presented to the public.
“I think a lot of this is a presentation problem. We shouldn’t talk about opening up, but about expanding what works, ”billionaire Dallas Mavericks told America’s Newsroom.
Cuban has been appointed by Trump as an advisor on reopening the economy.
Kuban’s comments came as several Georgia companies were authorized to reopen on Friday after Governor Brian Kemp decided to relax coronavirus restrictions – even as the state approaches 900 deaths.
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While Governor Kemp extended the Georgia state of emergency through May 13, he also allowed businesses such as bowling alleys, gyms, tattoo parlors, spas, nail salons, and movie theaters to operate.
He announced the plan on Monday and signed the executive order on Thursday, which laid down a set of guidelines for the reopening of the state.
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The arrangement allows restaurants to reopen April 27, with gatherings limited to 10 people per 500 square feet. Any company planning to reopen must enforce social distancing protocols and regularly check employees for signs of infection.
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Cuban said the “pickup” and “pickup” services in restaurants and grocery stores work and are a workable approach for companies that could sell this way. “That changes the dynamic,” he said.
“If you’re a hardware store and you want to sell and you want to put it on the curb and someone can pick it up, great. If you can do this by delivery, great. That only extends what we’ve learned from restaurants. But to say you want to open things up so people go to the retail stores is a mistake, “he said.
Fox News’ Peter Aiken contributed to this report.