Kemp on Wednesday extended the state’s COVID-19 restrictions, which strongly encourage the wearing of masks, but stopped short of requiring them in public, calling such a measure “a bridge too far.”
His order explicitly rescinds mask orders in such key cities as Atlanta, Savannah, Athens and Augusta, along with more than a dozen other local jurisdictions where similar directives have been issued.
Kemp, a Republican, has been at odds with mayors and city administrators over the issue in recent days. Last week, for instance, Atlanta’s Democratic Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced a return to tough measures to control an ongoing spike in coronavirus infections in the capital, but Kemp’s office insisted that her order was “non-binding and legally unenforceable.”
Source: Georgia Governor’s Order Rescinds Local Mask Mandates : Coronavirus Live Updates : NPR