Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued an executive order prohibiting local governments from ordering people to wear masks and face coverings in public to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Kemp’s order comes as other state governors, such as Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, have implemented mandatory face covering orders as coronavirus cases have resurged in recent weeks. In Georgia, cases have also increased just this week alone, reporting 4,000 new cases and more than 400 hospitalizations in one day.

At least 15 local governments in Georgia had adopted face mask requirements––Kemp’s order voids local requirements and instead he states residents are “strongly encouraged to wear face coverings as practicable.”

Savannah Mayor Van Johnson called out Kemp’s announcement in a Tweet, saying “Governor Kemp does not give a damn about us. Every man and woman for himself/herself. Ignore the science and survive the best you can. In #Savannah, we will continue to keep the faith and follow the science. Masks will continue to be available!”

Sign this petition to demand that Governor Kemp allow Georgia cities to mandate that people wear masks!

Read more about rising cases of coronavirus across the country and check out the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself.

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