The release of the Air Jordan sneakers has always felt like an event. Once new versions of Michael Jordan’s signature shoe are released, sneakerheads often sleep outside or queue for hours hoping to buy a new pair.
On May 2, the Jordan 5 âFire Redâ sneaker, which costs $ 200, was released online and in shoe stores across the country. With Georgia being one of the first states to reopen during the pandemic, the Greenbriar Mall in Atlanta was open to the public. As a result, hundreds of sneaker enthusiasts lined up outside the mall for a chance to purchase the new sneakers from Jimmy Jazz.
Although the reopening of the businesses was supposed to enforce social distancing guidelines, sneaker enthusiasts at Greenbriar Mall were lining up without standing six feet apart. Additionally, many of those in line did not protect themselves and others by wearing face masks.
At the same mall, free COVID-19 drive-thru tests were administered by Augusta University and Georgia Nationa Gaurd. However, the test line did not mirror the line for sneakers.
Georgia continues to be affected by the new virus. At the time of going to press, there are 28,338 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 1,174 deaths, according to the Center for Disease Control. Blacks are believed to account for 83% of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Georgia.