A sign near the beltline.
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In this file photo, a sign near the Atlanta Beltline advices pedestrians to follow public safety guidance.
Credit: Sam Bermas-Dawes, GPB News

Monday on Political Rewind: Recent data shows a slow in the spread of the virus in many states, including Georgia. Gov. Brian Kemp lifted many of the remaining pandemic restrictions placed on Georgia businesses including gyms, bars and restaurants. But is it too soon to relax public health guidelines?

The Atlanta City Council is considering whether to approve Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ executive order allowing outdoor events of up to 10,000 people. Colleges and universities across the state have yet to announce their plans for the fall semester.

Vaccine rates in the state continue to lag behind much of the nation. According to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health, around 25% of Georgians are fully vaccinated, while around 32% of the national population is fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, a new Republican candidate is close to entering into the race for the Rev. Raphael Warnock's Senate seat. Former politics columnist Jim Galloway said Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black will soon announce his candidacy.

Panelists:

Keren Landman — Physician, Epidemiologist and Journalist

Jim Galloway — Retired Columnist