Pence Visits Georgia Cafe That Reopened Despite Virus

May 22, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence praised Georgia’s decision to quickly reopen businesses during the coronavirus outbreak during a visit to the state that included lunch with the governor at an Atlanta café that had resumed dine-in service. He said Friday that Georgia was “leading the way” in reopening and called Gov. Brian Kemp’s leadership “clear and courageous and principled.”

Vice President Mike Pence eats lunch with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and his wife Marty Kemp at the Star Cafe, Friday, May 22, 2020, in Atlanta. Pence said Georgia was "leading the way" and the country was making progress against the coronavirus.
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The words were a marked departure from the criticism Kemp faced from President Donald Trump after Kemp announced in April he planned to allow salons, restaurants, gyms and other businesses to reopen later that month. Georgia was one of the first states to allow businesses to start up again during the pandemic.