Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp announced Tuesday he will extend his coronavirus executive orders through August 11th. From June 16th, Georgia has 24,084 documented new cases of the coronavirus, resulting in a 30% spike in total cases. The Governor has since began pleading with fellow conservatives to begin wearing masks.

“While we continue to see a decreasing case fatality rate, expanded testing, and adequate hospital surge capacity, in recent days, Georgia has seen an increase in new cases reported and current hospitalizations,” said Kemp in a statement. “Given these trends, I am extending previous COVID-19 safety requirements and guidelines that were due to expire on June 30 at 11:59 PM. Dr. Kathleen Toomey and the Department of Public Health, along with our local public health partners, will continue to monitor ongoing cases and related data to ensure that we are taking appropriate measures moving forward. Together, we can win the fight against COVID-19 and emerge stronger.”

According to Executive Order 06.29.20.01, it extends the Public Health State of Emergency through 11:59 PM on August 11, 2020. The Public Health State of Emergency allows for enhanced coordination across government and the private sector for supply procurement, comprehensive testing, and healthcare capacity.

Kemp began a tour of Georgia along with Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Commissioner of Georgia’s Department of Health, talking about the prospects of a college football season this fall as new coronavirus cases climb.

“If you’re ready for some football in the fall, as I’ve told my daughters, they keep asking me, ’Dad, do you think we’re going to have college football? Surely we’ve got to have the season,” Kemp said Wednesday at Atlanta’s Peachtree DeKalb Airport.

“I said, ‘Well, if people, especially our young people, don’t start wearing a mask when they’re going out in public and our numbers keep rising, that’s going to be a tall task.’”

Meanwhile, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms extended the executive order continuing to stop all Department of Watershed Management disconnections until August 30, 2020. Also, vehicles parked in the city’s restricted right of way areas won’t be ticketed through the end of August as well.

At the onset of the pandemic, Bottoms issued an executive order stopping Atlanta officials from issuing citations or penalties against individuals or businesses for the duration of the mandate.

 

FILE – In this Friday, June 26, 2020, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is greeted as he visits the House Chambers on Sine Die, day 40, of the legislative session in Atlanta. Kemp says he hasn’t yet weighed whether the state will take legal action against local governments trying to impose mask requirements. The Republican held a news conference Wednesday, July 1, 2020, before departing on a statewide tour to promote wearing a mask, but said he won’t mandate it. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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