GA Gov Kemp drops COVID lawsuit against Atlanta officials

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 16, 2020

The order extends the shelter-in-place order for the medically fragile, continues the ban on large gatherings and maintains health and safety protocols for Georgia businesses, Kemp said in his statement.

In light of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms' concession regarding the city's Phase One roll-back plan and following her refusal in mediation to further negotiate a compromise, the Attorney General's Office has filed to withdraw our pending lawsuit.

The order "protects Georgia businesses from government overreach by restricting the application and enforcement of local masking requirements to public property".

Candice Broce, a Kemp spokesperson, said the issue that stalled negotiations was Bottoms' desire to enforce the city mask mandate on private property without owners' consent.

The lawsuit filed July 16 asked a judge to overturn Bottoms' orders that are more restrictive than Kemp's, block her from issuing any more such orders, instruct the City Council not to ratify Bottoms' actions or adopt any ordinances inconsistent with Kemp's orders.

The decision came after the two came to a stalemate in ongoing negotiations regarding Bottoms' mask mandate and her decision to roll back Atlanta's reopening to phase one, WSB-TV reports. But Kemp alleged that she did not have this power.

In response to Kemp announcing the withdrawal of the lawsuit, Bottoms called the governor's statement "woefully inaccurate" and added that he "seeks to intentionally mislead" Georgia residents regarding their negotiations and the city's reopening recommendations.

At press time, there have been 212,000 coronavirus cases and 4,440 deaths in Georgia, according to The New York Times.

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