Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says she’ll signal an govt order on Wednesday mandating using face masks in public areas. It’s the most recent Georgia metropolis to check an order from Gov. Brian Kemp that bars native governments from setting their very own public well being insurance policies.
“We’ve given a lot of thought on it and we will be going forward with a mask ordinance in our city today,” Bottoms informed member station WABE Wednesday morning.
Her remarks come a day after Bottoms informed “Good Morning America” that she has requested Gov. Kemp to permit her to mandate masks within the metropolis and he refused. Kemp has stated he believes Georgians don’t want mandates to comply with finest public well being practices. On Wednesday, a spokesman for the governor declined to touch upon the information.
She now says the town of Atlanta will transfer ahead anyway, however didn’t present many specifics concerning the order. Her resolution comes two days after asserting in a tweet that she examined optimistic for COVID-19.
On a name with native elected officers Tuesday, Kemp continued to draw back from issuing a statewide face masks mandate, at the same time as Georgia surpassed 100,000 confirmed instances of COVID-19. Though he did say it was “fine” that native governments had differing opinions “on the appropriate response to this pandemic.”
Last week, Savannah grew to become the primary metropolis in Georgia to challenge a requirement that individuals put on face masks in public to sluggish the unfold of the coronavirus. The metropolis of East Point and the mixed authorities of Athens-Clarke County handed related guidelines Tuesday.