Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia signed an Executive Order on Wednesday banning cities and counties in Georgia from requiring wearing of masks in public.
Some cities and counties in Georgia, like Savannah and Alabama, have already mandated their citizens to wear masks in public.
However, the new Executive Order overrules them.
Savannah has already imposed its order for people to wear masks two weeks ago.
“I do not believe that we have any other choice,” Savannah Mayor, Van Johnson said, as per the Associated Press.
This is due to the COVID-19 cases “spiking” in the city.
People who disobey will have to face a fine of $500.
Last week, Kemp announced a new campaign to fight COVID-19, he calls it, the “Georgia Safety Promise”.
Through the program, businesses and the public pledge their commitment to follow safety measures to curb COVID-19.
Comments and Disagreement from Critics
On Wednesday, after the announcement of the signing of the EO, Johnson took to Twitter to air his disagreement.
“It is officially official. Governor Kemp does not give a d**n about us,” he wrote.
“In #Savannah, we will continue to keep the faith and follow the science,” he added. “Masks will continue to be available!”
Stacey Abrams, founder of Fair Fight Action shared her comments on the new order via MSNBC.
“Brian Kemp has demonstrated that he has absolutely no competency in this process,” she said.
She added that the Governor continues to “downplay” deaths in Georgia.
“More than 3000 Georgians have perished,” she said. “Disproportionately, Black, and Brown Georgians.
Abrams concluded that Kemp is “not a man capable of leadership”.
However, he’s “following the lead of the incompetency and the immorality of the President of the United States”, she said.
Georgia’s COVID-19 Cases
Georgia reported 118, 147 COVID-19 cases, and 3,030 deaths on Thursday, as per a New York Times report.
Hospitalization in Georgia also increased last week, as per another Associated Press report.
“78% of critical care beds” were in use, said the report. However, not all of them are used by COVID-19 patients.