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Read the details of the Atlanta mayor’s face-mask order

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Atlanta is the biggest city in Georgia that will require masks be worn by everyone. East Point, Athens and Savannah have implemented similar rules.

Credit: AJC

Atlanta is requiring the use of face masks to combat spread of coronavirus

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Wednesday night signed and released details of a new order requiring the use of face masks in the city of Atlanta, including the Atlanta airport.

Here are some highlights of the order:

“The Order calls for all persons within the territorial jurisdiction of the city of Atlanta and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, to wear a mask or a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth,” according to a city of Atlanta press release.

It does not apply to anyone younger than 10 and people with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. It also does not apply to people who are eating or smoking, operating a vehicle or swimming in a pool.

There are also allowances for temporary mask removal inside banks, during voting or while receiving personal care services, such as haircuts.

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In addition to being required at the airport, face coverings must be worn inside businesses, public buildings and in public outdoor spaces. The order requires masks, “wherever it is not feasible to maintain appropriate social distancing from another person not in the same household.”

The order also requires those at high-risk of severe illness to shelter in place inside their homes and to “take every possible precaution to limit social interaction to prevent the spread of infection.”

Echoing prior pandemic-related executive orders, Bottoms is also prohibiting gatherings for more than 10 people on city of Atlanta property.

“Small private gatherings of no more than ten (10) individuals, with appropriate social distancing shall be permitted on City of Atlanta property; and This subsection shall not apply to cohabitating persons outside of their homes, family units or roommates residing together in private homes, persons in the same households, or to any businesses or activities specifically governed by the Governor’s June Executive Order.”

ExploreThe full order is online here