Mayor of Atlanta Keisha Lance Bottoms issued a mandate late last night on Wednesday, July 8, that now requires residents and visitors to wear masks when in public in Atlanta.
Governor Brian Kemp hasn't signed an order requiring masks, but has widely encouraged their use and even went on a state-wide tour to spread the message; Mayor Bottoms is just one government official that has gone around Kemp's advice on having no mandates.
We will continue to take active measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19 infections in Atlanta. Public health experts overwhelmingly agree that wearing a face covering helps slow the spread of this sometimes deadly virus.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
Some exceptions to this order include any person younger than 10 years old, those with a medical condition or disability, when consuming foods or drinks, while smoking, as well as when in your own vehicle or receiving personal care service.
It also states that no more than 10 people can gather in a group on the City of Atlanta's property.
This ordinance comes after the mayor herself was exposed and tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.