Georgia Governor Brian Kemp Sues Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms For Requiring Residents To Wear Masks

Atl. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Gov. Brian Kemp

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp Sues Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms For Requiring Residents To Wear Masks

Georgia governor Brian Kemp is reportedly suing Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the city council in order to block them from enacting tougher coronavirus restrictions and its mask mandate. Governor Brian Kemp filed a lawsuit that challenges Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’s July 10 decision to revert back to Phase 1 guidelines. The guidelines would include closing restaurant dining rooms and urging residents to leave home only for essential trips. It also challenges the city’s new mask requirements. Governor Kemp said in a statement,

“This lawsuit is on behalf of the Atlanta business owners and their hardworking employees who are struggling to survive during these difficult times. These men and women are doing their very best to put food on the table for their families while local elected officials shutter businesses and undermine economic growth. Just like sending in the Georgia National Guard to protect those living in our capital city from crime and violence, I refuse to sit back and watch as disastrous policies threaten the lives and livelihoods of our citizens. We will fight to stop these reckless actions and put people over pandemic politics.”

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr also released a statement,

“The State of Georgia continues to urge citizens to wear masks. This lawsuit is about the rule of law. The Constitution gives Governor Kemp chief executive power for the State of Georgia, including during a public health state of emergency. The City of Atlanta cannot continue to knowingly enter orders that are unenforceable and void.”

Governor Kemp issued an executive order that said that face masks are encouraged but not mandated. The order specified that cities and counties can’t require the use of masks or other face coverings — because the ordinances superseded state law. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a press conference that she will still require people to wear masks in city owned buildings such as the airport and City Hall.

“It’s a simple thing to do. It’s an easy thing to do. We will continue to push and ask people to do it, despite the disagreements that we may have.”

She also said she wants to follow the advice of health care professionals and slow the spread of the virus,

“What health care professionals are telling us, is that they are being overrun in our hospitals and they are asking us to help slow the spread. What’s getting lost are the lies, and the reality that this is a pandemic.”

The Mayor took to her twitter to respond to the governor’s lawsuit,

“3104 Georgians have died and I and my family are amongst the 106k who have tested positive for COVID-19. Meanwhile, I have been sued by @GovKemp for a mask mandate. A better use of tax payer money would be to expand testing and contact tracing. #ATLStrong”

She also posted,

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Authored by: Chelsea Adjalla