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(Updated) City of Atlanta to require face masks

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(Updated) City of Atlanta to require face masks

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FILE PHOTO USED FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES: A long time street corner vendor in unincorporated DeKalb County shifted his focus from selling t-shirts to masks, gloves and sanitizer during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Dean Hesse.


Atlanta, GA (July 9, 2020) — Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued Executive Order 2020-113 requiring all persons to wear a mask or a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth within the city of Atlanta in response to the rising number of COVID-19 infections, according to a press release from the Mayor’s office. The Order also prohibits gatherings of more than 10 persons on city of Atlanta property.

 “We will continue to take active measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19 infections in Atlanta,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Public health experts overwhelmingly agree that wearing a face covering helps slow the spread of this sometimes deadly virus.”

The Order states that in accordance with the Governor’s June 29, 2020 Executive Order, persons who meet criteria for higher risk of severe illness are required to shelter in place within their homes or place of residence and take every possible precaution to limit social interaction to prevent the spread or infection of COVID-19, except as provided therein:

– In accordance with the Governor’s June Executive Order, neither the City of Atlanta or any business, establishment, corporation, non-profit corporation, organization may allow more than 50 persons to be gathered at a single location if such gathering requires persons to stand or be seated within six (6) feet of any person;

– All gatherings of more than ten (10) individuals shall be prohibited on City of Atlanta property. Small private gatherings of no more than ten (10) individuals, with appropriate social distancing shall be permitted on City of Atlanta property; and

– This subsection shall not apply to cohabitating persons outside of their homes, family units or roommates residing together in private homes, persons in the same households, or to any businesses or activities specifically governed by the Governor’s June Executive Order.

The Order calls for all persons within the territorial jurisdiction of the city of Atlanta and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, to wear a mask or a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth. The Order also extends to individuals inside commercial entities or other buildings or spaces open to the public, outdoor public spaces, and wherever it is not feasible to maintain appropriate social distancing from another person not in the same household.

The requirements above will not apply to the following:

– any person younger than ten (10) years of age;

– any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents the wearing of a mask or face covering;

– any person while the person is consuming food or drink, or is smoking;

– any person while the person is in a personal motor vehicle;

– any person obtaining a service that requires temporary removal of the mask or face covering for security surveillance, screening, or a need for specific access to the face, such as while visiting a bank or while obtaining a personal care service involving the face or head, but only to the extent necessary for the temporary removal;

– any person while the person is in a swimming pool;

– any person who is voting, assisting a voter, serving as a poll watcher, or actively administering an election; and

– any person while the person is speaking for broadcast or to an audience.

This Order does not impede the operation of any businesses, establishments, corporations, non-profit corporations, and organizations as provided in the Governor’s June Executive Order.

The City of Atlanta plans to provide face coverings to the general public through funding under the CARES Act. The face coverings will be available at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, City of Atlanta homeless partners’ facilities and shelters, and food pick up locations.  Atlanta Fire and Rescue will also work with community partners on the distribution of face coverings to Atlanta residents.

View the entire Executive Order online here.


Atlanta, GA (July 8, 2020) — Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms plans to sign an executive order Wednesday that will mandate the use of face masks in public spaces within the city of Atlanta.

Atlanta will become the latest Georgia city, along Savannah, East Point, and Athens-Clarke County, to require face masks to slow the spread of coronavirus. Kemp’s current mandate encourages, but doesn’t require, wearing face masks. The governor has said he believes people “know what to do” to slow the spread of the virus.

The announcement comes just a day after Kemp reportedly refused to let Mayor Bottoms mandate masks, she told “Good Morning America” yesterday

She did not yet provide many details about the mandate.

Georgia surpassed 100,000 total cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

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