Those 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 the pandemic.
Kemp has not threatened legal action against the local governments bucking his statewide order.
Brookhaven’s order includes several exceptions where face masks are not required:
- In personal vehicles
- In a private home alone or with other household members
- When engaging in socially distanced outdoor physical activity
- When drinking, eating or smoking
“Anyone who is unable to safely wear a face mask for any reason should not go into public spaces,” the city’s statement said. The order also does not apply to children under 10.
DeKalb County and the city of Doraville are considering similar mask ordinances.
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