A man was seen fly-kicking a woman during a three-person brawl outside a Georgia mall on the first day it reopened amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Footage of the incident has caused some to question if Gov. Brian Kemp reopened the state’s economy prematurely.
Cell phone video of the brawl was taken outside the Cumberland Mall on Tuesday in Atlanta, Georgia.
The man who recorded the incident told CBS 46 that the women involved were initially arguing in the food court before it spilled into a parking lot.
Video emerged on Wednesday of three women fighting outside Cumberland Mall in Atlanta, Georgia (pictured)
During the fight, a man suddenly appears in frame and kicksone of the woman in her thigh
The exact reason the women were arguing is unclear.
Footage from the scene begins with three women involved in a scuffle. Two of the women wrestle on the ground while a third yanks at one woman’s hair.
A security guard attempts to break up the fight to no avail.
‘Get off, or I’ll have to pepper spray both of you,’ said the security guard, who is seen wearing a mask to protect against the coronavirus.
A man in a sports jersey suddenly jumps into frame and fly-kicks the third women, striking her on her thigh and knocking her over.
It appears no one was seriously injured and there are no reports of any arrests
‘What’s wrong with y’all, man?’ he asked the group.
The man then shoves the security guard out of the way and helps one woman up.
It does not appear that any of the people involved suffered severe injuries.
Before that, the man was reportedly apologizing to two other women off camera when the brawl grew intense.
Now, Georgia residents are questioning if local malls and other retailers reopened their doors too soon.
‘If people don’t know how to come out their home and act while they’re in public then stay home cause that is what’s recommended. Stay home, this is a stressful time, so stay home,’ one shopper said.
Users on Twitter agreed, with some saying the video proved Georgia was ‘getting back to normal.’
Some social media users have questioned if Georgia prematurely reopened its economy
‘Just searched “Cumberland Mall” on here and honestly, Atlanta needs to stay in for couple more months,’ one woman said.
The video was shared to Twitter and quickly went viral with 6.8 million views. The phrase ‘Cumberland Mall’ was also trending on Wednesday.
Gov. Kemp announced that Georgia would reopen its economy despite fears of a second wave of COVID-19 from public health experts.
Phase One began April 24 and allowed some businesses, like hair salons, to reopen.
The majority of Atlanta-based malls reopened Monday. Cumberland Mall opened Tuesday.
Georgia has more than 30,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and at least 1,305 deaths.
A new report from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released Monday, has now warned that the pandemic is far from over for Georgian residents.
The shock estimates reveal that the metro Atlanta area and other populous regions of Georgia are among the areas of highest risk nationwide of facing a renewed spike in cases and deaths.
Mall or nothing: Shoppers flock to an Atlanta shopping center as Georgia reopens – and while some wear visors and masks – others ditch them completely
Shoppers flocked back to an Atlanta mall Monday night, as several shopping centers across Georgia reopened for the first time since Governor Brian Kemp eased lockdown restrictions across the state.
Lenox Mall in Buckhead opened its doors Monday, with staff doling out masks to shoppers, all workers taking temperature checks, and social distancing markers in place to help people get some retail therapy safely.
Some customers wore full face visors in efforts to protect themselves from coronavirus, while others seemed without a care in the world as they shopped for luxury glassware and home goods without a mask in sight.
The mall’s operator Simon Property Group – the biggest operator across the whole of the US – has become one of the first to return to business as usual, after it announced last week it would reopen 49 of its locations in 10 states starting from Friday.
And clearly some customers could not wait for some retail therapy, as many lined up outside Lenox Mall ready and waiting for the doors to open at 11am.
Shoppers were pictured wearing masks inside the Macy’s store Monday evening, some leaning over a jewellery counter considering a post-pandemic purchase while a store assistant wearing masks and gloves showed them some options
Families, couples and friends descended on the mall, taking advantage of the chance to return to some semblance of normal life.
Shoppers were pictured wearing masks inside the mall’s Macy’s store Monday evening, some leaning over a jewellery counter considering a post-pandemic purchase while a store assistant wearing masks and gloves showed them some options.
Other people were also seen in the background of the department store sitting at the counters chatting.
It’s a far cry from scenes over the last couple of months, where malls and shopping streets have been pictured boarded up and deserted, due to state stay-at-home orders.
Shopping was limited to essential purchases only, with grocery stores and pharmacies some of the only retailers allowed to keep their doors open.
Even online shopping took a hit, with Amazon forced to restrict its warehouse space to essential goods only and customers left waiting weeks for deliveries of items deemed non-essential as non-essential workers were told to stay home and businesses struggled to fulfil orders.
Georgian shoppers took advantage of the chance to snap up their favorite brands once more Monday, as happy customers were seen walking out of the mall Monday laiden down with bags from retailer Guess.
Some customers wore full face visors in efforts to protect themselves from coronavirus as they enjoyed some retail therapy
Most shoppers were seen wearing masks but some pictured heading out of the stores had chosen not to – despite free masks being available to all customers.
The mall has introduced a number of measures to keep shoppers and workers safe as coronavirus cases and deaths continue to rise across Georgia.
Signs reminding shoppers to keep a 6-foot distance were displayed inside and outside stores and on the mall floors, and sanitization checkpoints have been set up so customers can access hand sanitizer and wipes.
All staff are required to wear masks and have their temperatures checked when they report for work at the mall.
Customers can also get free temperature checks, masks and sanitizing wipes, the mall operator said.
Certain areas such as play areas and drinking fountains remain closed, while the common areas that have stayed open such as the food court seating and restrooms are being subject to regular cleaning and have been limited so that people can more easily practice social distancing.
Shoppers flocked back to Lenox Mall, in Atlanta, as several shopping centers across Georgia reopened for the first time
Aerial images of the mall Monday night shoe some seats taped up to ensure weary shoppers can keep six-feet apart as they take a pit stop during their sprees.
As well as social distancing signs, posters saying ‘Welcome Back. We missed you’ were proudly displayed around the mall.
However, not all stores inside the mall have taken up the chance to reopen. Several retailers kept their stores closed, with signs on the doors and windows explaining to customers that they are not ready to get back to business as usual.
Starbucks kept its doors closed, with a sign telling shoppers ‘Our store is temporarily closed’.
While inside Macy’s, several of the own-brand concession stands were ghost towns – as they were deserted of any merchandise or workers and were closed off to shoppers.
Luxury pen brand Mont Blanc and sunglasses brand Rayban were just two of the names who decided not to reopen their concessions yet.
Make-up stands were also empty of stock as it is perhaps more difficult to ensure hygiene and safety precautions are maintained with these products.
A Chanel counter had only a few products on display and no testers available to try.