The Governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, signed an order earlier this week that bans counties and cities from mandating orders requiring people to wear masks in public, and is now filing a lawsuit.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta is being sued by Kemp and the Georgia Attorney General, Chris Carr, for going above the governor in ordering masks in the city.
3104 Georgians have died and I and my family are amongst the 106k who have tested positive for COVID-19. Meanwhile,… https://t.co/sjAbW1OaX6— Keisha Lance Bottoms (@Keisha Lance Bottoms)1594938554.0
The 124-page lawsuit challenges Bottoms' reverting to phase one that closed restaurants with dining rooms and asked residents to only leave their homes for essential reasons, on top of the mandate she ordered.
Kemp tweeted, "This lawsuit is on behalf of the Atlanta business owners and their hardworking employees who are struggling to survive during these difficult times."
Bottoms ordered her mask mandate in the city of Atlanta after testing positive for COVID-19 herself. While Kemp has not advocated for a statewide mandate, the governor has strongly encouraged residents to wear face coverings and also went on a tour of the state to promote the message.