Gov. Kemp Orders Local Georgia Officials to Abandon Mask Mandates

Headline Roundup July 16th, 2020

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) overruled facemask mandates issued by local state governments Wednesday, reportedly opting to continue strong encouragement of mask-wearing while calling requirements "unenforceable" and "a bridge too far". Kemp's previous orders to avoid mandates were dismissed in numerous localities.

Coverage from right-rated outlets focused more on Kemp's expressed commitment to promoting public health while limiting purported government overreach. Coverage from left-rated outlets focused more on criticisms of the order from several Georgia local leaders and health officials.

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Georgia governor Brian Kemp issued an executive order Wednesday overruling mask mandates put in place by local governments in the state to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, calling such rules “unenforceable.”

Kemp’s order, which extended the state’s COVID-19 restrictions through July 31, prohibits local municipalities from enforcing mandatory mask orders that are more restrictive than his statewide order that only encourages face coverings, effectively voiding orders issued by at least 15 local governments across the state, NPR reported.

His previous order, set to expire on Wednesday, had banned local municipalities...

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ANALYSIS

Yesterday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued an Executive Order striking down mask requirements in at least fifteen local jurisdictions.

While the governor has encouraged Georgians to mask up to prevent the spread of coronavirus, he has called mandates “a bridge too far.” So despite growing evidence that masks work, and Kemp’s own exhortation that people should mask up if they want to watch college football this fall, the newest order explicitly makes them optional.

The ordinance also caps indoor gatherings at fifty persons and suspends the requirement that Georgians renew...

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is overruling local government mandates requiring people to wear masks in public to stop the spread of COVID-19, insisting that the state's less-stringent guidelines take precedence.

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...

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