Gov. Kemp issues executive order extending ban on large gatherings, voids mask orders in 15 localities

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Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 7:55 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 16, 2020 at 9:55 AM CDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV/AP) - Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has signed an executive order to extend the ban of gatherings of more than 50 people in the state. The order also explicitly bans Georgia’s cities and counties from ordering people to wear masks in public places.

He’s voiding orders that at least 15 local governments across the state had adopted even though Kemp had earlier said cities and counties had no power to order masks. The Republican governor has instead been trying to encourage voluntary mask wearing.

An increasing number of other states order residents to wear masks in public, including Alabama, which announced such a ban Wednesday. Kemp’s move is likely to infuriate local officials in communities that had acted, including Atlanta, Augusta, Savannah, Rome and the governor’s hometown of Athens-Clarke County.

Kemp also says the order “renews business restrictions,” “protects the medically fragile,” and “strongly encourages Georgians to wear masks in public.”

You can read the full executive order below.

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