Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued a mask mandate this week. It requires people wear face masks in indoor public spaces in the city, including in private businesses. The mandate comes as we are seeing a delta-variant fueled rise in COVID-19 cases in the city and across the country.
The mandate move is a similar to last year’s which kicked off a high-profile fight with state leaders. Gov. Brian Kemp eventually allowed local government to issue certain mask rules if infection rates were high enough.
But Kemp said this week he does not plan to issue a statewide mask mandate or restrict businesses or activities as COVID-19 cases rise statewide.
Savannah Mayor Van Johnson was the first in the state to re-instate a mask mandate in his city.