“First, we ask that you amend your executive order to allow local jurisdictions to implement more stringent measures, as needed, to control the pandemic, and that you explicitly order that Georgia’s beaches and state parks be closed,” the letter reads. “Second, we ask that you immediately amend your order and explicitly ban in-person worship services for all faiths.”
“This is crucial as we are now in the midst of Passover (April 8-16), with Easter (April 12) and Ramadan (April 23-May 23) rapidly approaching,” the letter continues. “Our citizens of faith deserve no less from their government given the risk that gatherings, such as these, pose.”
The letter was spearheaded by Melanie Thompson, MD, Wendy S. Armstrong, MD, and Jonathan Calasanti, MD, MSPH. However, it has been co-signed by more than 100 health care professionals from across Georgia.