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The Hill reports that Governor Brian Kemp (R-GA) issued an executive order on July 15 prohibiting local authorities from enforcing municipal mask mandates.

  • Kemp’s executive order “prevents local governments from enforcing mandatory face-covering orders that are more restrictive than the current statewide order,” the Hill explains.
  • The Associated Press reports that this order effectively voids 15 municipal mask mandates from local governments across the state.
  • Kemp’s order imposes no mandatory public mask use. Instead, the order states that residents and visitors are “strongly encouraged to wear face coverings as practicable” when in public.

Candice Broce, a spokesperson for Kemp, affirmed that local mask orders are “unenforceable.” She Tweeted,

Previous executive orders—and now this order—state no local action can be more or less restrictive than ours. We have explained that local mask mandates are unenforceable. The Governor continues to strongly encourage Georgians to wear masks in public.

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