UPDATE: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said she would sign an order Wednesday requiring the use of masks in the city, joining a growing number of local governments who are going beyond Governor Kemp’s orders.
AJC reports there is a growing number of Georgia cities that feel Governor Kemp should be requiring masks to be worn in public to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and have implemented their own restrictions.
Savannah was the first Georgia city to make face masks required, followed by East Point on Monday and Kemp’s own hometown of Athens on Tuesday. Several other cities are voting on whether or not to make the same move this week.
These city requirements could conflict with Kemp’s statewide order that does not mandate the use of masks, though they do strongly encourage it. Supporters of the restrictions feel that any legal risk is worth it based on the surging numbers on COVID-19 cases in the state, crossing the 100,000 mark earlier this week.
Kemp has said that requiring masks was “a bridge too far,” and prefers a softer approach. That included a “Wear a Mask” tour that went through several Georgia cities last week, including Valdosta.