DeKalb County Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson, meanwhile, has proposed her own mask ordinance that would cover unincorporated parts of the county.
As currently written, the ordinance would mandate masks for anyone over 8 years old when in public places. Children between 3 and 8 years old would be "encouraged" but not required to wear masks.
Under Davis Johnson's ordinance, an initial violation would result in a written warning. Additional violations could result in fines of up to $250.
“This is not a situation where we can sit back and just let the leaders of this country and this state dictate what we can do," Davis Johnson said.
In a statement Wednesday, Doraville officials did not say whether their ordinance would include any penalties.
Several other governments in Georgia, including Savannah, East Point and Athens-Clarke County, have passed similar ordinances requiring masks. The new rules, however, conflict with a statewide order from Gov. Brian Kemp that "strongly encourages" — but does not mandate — the use of masks, and bans local governments from enacting stricter measures to fight COVID-19.
Kemp has not threatened legal action against the local governments bucking his statewide order.
During a committee meeting Tuesday, DeKalb’s county attorney was asked to weigh in on the potential legal complications of adopting something that conflicts Kemp's order.
Davis Johnson said she wants a full commission vote on the matter next Tuesday, regardless of what the legal opinion says.
“We have to do something to protect the health and life of our citizens in DeKalb," she said. "So sometimes you have to make bold moves. ... And if it's challenged, we have to step up to the plate.”
DeKalb and Doraville’s ordinances also include several exceptions, including outdoor physical activity with proper social distancing; for those with underlying medical conditions; and driving in personal vehicles.
With more than 7,100, DeKalb County has seen the third highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state. For every 100,000 people in the county, about 900 have tested positive. As of Wednesday morning, 173 deaths had been reported in DeKalb.
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