The plan has come under fire from other leaders in the state, including mayors in Brookhaven, Savannah and Augusta. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said the governor had the right to make the call, but that she would advise residents to continue to shelter in place and make decisions that are best for their families.
However, leaders in Marietta and Macon have been supportive, with Marietta Mayor Steve “Thunder” Tumlin saying he plans to go to the barber and gym on Friday.
Stockbridge City Councilman Elton Alexander said that while cities cannot reverse Kemp's orders, it was important for leaders to voice their frustrations. He expects other communities will follow.
“I believe at some point a court challenge is needed,” he said. “Whether this order stripping local governments of the ability to enact tighter restrictions is even legal is in question with home rule and local control, the customary practice in Georgia.”