While COVID-19 Numbers Soar, Georgia Governor Withdraws Mask Mandate

Written by on July 17, 2020

On Wednesday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp overruled all local government mask requirements, even though the infection rate of Georgia is increasing at a very high rate.


The governor’s executive order has extended the state of emergency status but instead of requiring masks, they are now “strongly encouraged.”

Constituents and local officials are divided on the recent decision. Savanna, Georgia Mayor Van Johnson tweeted his thoughts on the matter:

“It is officially official. Governor Kemp does not give a damn about us, every man and woman for himself/herself. Ignore the science and survive the best you can.”

Things are heating up in the city of Dunwoody as well. City officials had approved a mask mandate that was supposed to begin on Thursday, July 16.

Their decision came about as small businesses were asking the city council to do something about all the mask-less customers entering their shops and restaurants while COVID-19 infection numbers were so high.

Dunwoody Mayor Lynn Deutsh tweeted her thoughts on the matter:

“You know who is caught in the battle between the Georgia Governor and Local governments? Grocery store clerks, retail workers, and restaurant servers. In other words, just the folks who aren’t likely to have health insurance and paid time off.”


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