(PTI) Officials in the US state of Georgia were headed for a clash over face masks to fight the spread of Coronavirus pandemic on Thursday after the Republican Governor barred Mayors from requiring residents to wear them.
Governor Brian Kemp issued an executive order late on Wednesday suspending local regulations requiring face masks, face coverings, face shields or any PPE in public.
The executive order clearly said residents were strongly encouraged to use face masks in public places. Kemp, a member of President Donald Trump's Republican Party, suggested any order mandating face masks would be too restrictive.
Savannah Mayor Van Johnson, who issued a face mask mandate in his city on July 1, reacted. Mayor added, they will continue to keep the faith alive and follow the science, in the Savannah. Face masks and coverings will continue to be available!
COVID-19 cases have spiked across the South and West America after local officials started loosening social and economic restrictions aimed at showing the Coronavirus spread.
The University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation projected this week that the United States COVID-19 death toll would exceed 2,24,000 by November 1, but that 40,000 lives could be saved if nearly all americans wore face masks in public places.