Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp Sues Atlanta Mayor Over Mask-Mandate

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Gov. Kemp says that Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms lacked the authority to enact a mask-mandate.

The White House Coronavirus Task Force recently put together an unpublished report that recommends at least 18 states who have been the most hard-hit by the pandemic enact stricter measures to control the spread, including mask-mandates and increased testing, according to a report by The Washington Post.

Georgia was included on the list of states, but Gov. Brian Kemp has just sued Atlanta for enforcing some of their coronavirus-related measures, including their mask-mandate.

According to the lawsuit, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms lacked the authority to enact a mask-mandate and is bound by Kemp’s executive orders, one of which bans municipalities from enacting their own mask requirements.

This week, the number of states in the US with mask requirements totals 28. Other large corporations like Target, Starbucks, Walmart, and others have issued mask-mandates within their locations as well.

These developments come after the US reported their highest daily number of infections so far, with the number surpassing 70,000 confirmed cases.

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