Savannah was the first to establish a mask ordinance last week and several other local governments have followed suit, using the coastal Georgia city's rule as a template.
The cities of East Point and Athens passed their own ordinances Tuesday and Atlanta announced its mandate on Wednesday. Other cities across the state have issued plans to take up similar measures.
In an Atlanta Journal-Constitution editorial board meeting on Wednesday, Bottoms said she feels secure establishing a mask requirement after Kemp didn't seek to block other Georgia cities from doing so.
“The governor has allowed them to stand,” Bottoms said. “So we are going to follow suit.”
Kemp has preferred a softer approach. He embarked on a seven-city “Wear A Mask” tour last week and has warned Georgians that not donning a face covering could imperil a college football season.
His office has also taken a sharper tone with Bottoms, including deploying 1,000 National Guard troops to protect state government sites in the city after the Atlanta headquarters of the Georgia State Patrol was ransacked.
“If the mayor wants to flatten the curve in Atlanta,” Broce said, “she should start enforcing the current provisions of the governor's orders.”