Coronavirus, Politics

Some Georgia Cities Require Masks, While State Does Not. Now What?

In the face os local mask ordinances, WABE's host of "All Things Considered," Jim Burress put this question to WABE legal analyst Page Pate.  Burress asked Pate, "Now what?"
In the face os local mask ordinances, WABE's host of "All Things Considered," Jim Burress put this question to WABE legal analyst Page Pate.  Burress asked Pate, "Now what?"
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On one side, there’s Athens. Atlanta. East Point. Savannah.

And likely soon, Doraville.

Leaders in each city have mandated face coverings in public to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

On the other is Georgia Gov.  Brian Kemp.

His executive order says face masks are encouraged, but not required.

WABE’s host of “All Things Considered,” Jim Burress put this question to WABE legal analyst Page Pate.  Burress asked Pate, “Now what?”

Pate responded, “These cities have the right to enact more restrictive ordinances than the executive order signed by Gov. Kemp.”

Pate added, ” I don’t think this is a situation where Kemp’s executive order specifically preempts any local ordinance. Specifically on the face mask issue. ”

 

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