Georgia Governor Bans Cities From Requiring Masks in Public Citing Mandates as Disastrous Policies
By Space Coast Daily // July 17, 2020
ABOVE VIDEO: Georgia’s governor bans cities from requiring masks.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced on Thursday that he is banning cities and counties from mandating masks be worn in public.
Gov. Kemp enacted the measure by issuing an executive order after calling the mandate mask policies ‘disastrous policies that threaten the lives and livelihoods of our citizens’.
“Just like sending in the Georgia National Guard to protect those living in our capital city from crime and violence, I refuse to sit back and watch as disastrous policies threaten the lives and livelihoods of our citizens,” said Gov. Kemp.
“We will fight to stop these reckless actions and put people over pandemic politics.”
Still, the order says the state is “strongly encouraged to wear face coverings as practicable” when in public except when eating, drinking or exercising outdoors.
Mixed reaction has poured in all over social media about forcing people to wear masks in public. State of Alabama also announced a ban on local governments requiring people to wear masks.
Positive cases have seen an upward trend lately in Florida as people have returned to work and businesses began to reopen. However, naturally, additional testing will result in more positive cases.
Despite the recent uptick in positive cases, a Fox 35 investigation uncovered that their are discrepancies when it comes to testing at numerous COVID-19 testing centers in Florida.
The investigation revealed that over 300 labs in Florida reported to the Florida Department of Health a 100-percent positivity rate for COVID-19.
According to FOX 35, the report showed that Orlando Health had a 98 percent positivity rate. However, when FOX 35 News contacted the hospital, they confirmed errors in the report. Orlando Health’s positivity rate is only 9.4 percent, not 98 percent as in the report.
Moreover, the investigation discovered the Orlando Veteran’s Medical Center had a positivity rate of 76-percent. After contacted by FOX 35, the VA told FOX 35 News that number does not accurately show their numbers as the positivity rate for the center was actually 6-percent.
In the last couple days, businesses like Walmart, Sam’s Club, Target, Publix, Walgreens, CVS and more, have announced that they will be requiring their customers to wear face coverings citing the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases.
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