Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued a mandate late Wednesday requiring people in the city to wear masks in public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, a move that follows a number of other local governments that are openly defying Gov. Brian Kemp.
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Savannah was the first to establish a mask ordinance last week. The cities of East Point and Athens passed their own ordinances Tuesday.
So far, Kemp has encouraged the use of masks, but not required them, and has said local municipalities cannot create stronger provisions than those that are in his emergency order.
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Kemp has called a statewide requirement on masks a “bridge too far” and pursued a softer approach, including a “Wear A Mask” tour last week that visited seven Georgia cities over two days.