Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced last Friday that the City of Atlanta will transition to Phase II of the city’s Five-Phase Reopening Plan. The transition to Phase II became effective immediately.

The Mayor’s reopening plan was drawn from the recommendations of the Mayor’s Advisory Council for Reopening Atlanta and public health experts. The reopening phases are based on milestone metrics and recent data.

“The city has met the metrics of our data-driven plan to cautiously move back to Phase II,” Bottoms said. “COVID-19 continues to ravage families across the city and state. We must all remain vigilant, wear a mask, practice social distancing, and take the measures needed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our communities.”

In July, the City moved back to Phase I in response to the alarming increase in COVID-19 cases in the state of Georgia. 

The City of Atlanta will continue to Phase III after reaching and sustaining Phase II metrics. 

The City will transition back to Phase I if there is a sustained increase in new COVID cases, hospitalizations, or positive test results, and hospital bed/critical care bed capacity falls below 15 percent all available beds and testing capacity falls below 25 percent.


During Phase II—the “Easing” phase—the City proposed the following guidelines:


  • Stay home except for essential trips
  • Wear a face mask in public (City mandate)
  • Frequent hand washing
  • Social distancing
  • Small, private gatherings of no more than 10 people, with social distancing


  • To-go and curbside pickups from restaurants and retail establishments
  • Continue practicing teleworking
  • Frequent cleaning of public and high touch areas

City Government:

  • Non-essential City facilities remain closed
  • Continue moratorium on special event applications
  • Continue communication with local and State authorities to monitor public health metrics


Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms believes “personal retaliation” is behind Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s lawsuit challenging her decision to require masks in her city in response to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo: CNN)

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