Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, while appearing on the “Paul Finebaum Show,” said that he expects the state to be reopened for business soon sports-wise.
Kemp has been talking to officials at the University of Georgia, including football head coach Kirby Smart about reopening sporting events statewide soon.
The NCAA decided a few days ago that athletes can return to campus starting June 1st but left that up to individual schools to make that choice for their student-athletes.
Kemp seems to believe it won’t be long before fans see their favorite teams back on the field and the court, but he says the only way to do that is to continue to follow the guidelines of social distancing so this can happen.
“I know everybody wants to have a crowd there,” Kemp said of the game coming up between Georgia and Virginia Labor Day weekend… “I would urge people to continue to follow the guidance so we can drive these numbers down so that we can do that.”
Kemp says he has also been in talks with the Braves, Falcons, and officials at Augusta National who moved the Masters to the fall because of Covid-19.
But Kemp says to expect a “new norm” if sports are to return in the fall and that fans need to prepare themselves if it happens.
“I’m reserving judgment now, but believe me: I’m an optimist, and I want to see that happen if it’s at all possible. We’ll try to be working with folks to do that if it makes sense from a public health standpoint.”