The number of cities in Georgia with mask mandates is growing.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidance saying that cloth face coverings may prevent the spread of the coronavirus from the person wearing the mask to others, and the CDC advises mask-wearing in public. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has encouraged the wearing of them during his recent tour.
Even though Georgia doesn’t have a statewide mandate for wearing masks, cities in the Peach State have been sharing their orders enforcing the use of face coverings in public, complete with penalties.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced a mask mandate Wednesday and said she will be signing an executive order later in the day. This proclamation came after Bottoms said on Twitter on Monday that she tested positive for COVID-19.
Athens-Clarke County, home to the University of Georgia, will start enforcing face mask use at 8 a.m. Thursday. The order will expire Aug. 4, unless it is extended. The fines for breaking the order are $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second and $100 for the third or any other that follows.
A citywide face mask ordinance is in the works for Doraville and is planned to be brought up at the next meeting July 13, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
East Point City Council voted to approve the wearing of face coverings July 6, according to a Wednesday press release. The ordinance will go into effect at midnight Thursday, and fines of $75 will given out starting Monday, July 13.
Savannah was reportedly the first city in Georgia to enforce the wearing of masks citywide, and the penalty is up to $500. The emergency order went into effect July 1 and will remain in effect “until further notice.”