In response to the new executive order signed by Governor Brian Kemp on Friday, July 31, the City of Doraville reiterates that its policy mandating the use of face coverings remains in effect and enforceable. The president’s own task force has identified Georgia as being a “Red Zone” and recommended the use of masks, limiting social gatherings, and closing certain non-essential businesses.
“We are disappointed that the governor did not choose to follow the presidential task force’s recommendations in his recent emergency order,” Mayor Joseph Geierman said in a statement. “He also doubled-down on his claims that he can invalidate mask mandates – a power the city of Doraville and many other local governments do not believe he has. We would like to remind everyone that our mask mandate remains in effect within the city limits of Doraville.”
The mask ordinance passed by the Doraville City Council on July 13th covers all public places, including grocery stores, restaurants, and city facilities. The ordinance does not apply to places of worship though the use of masks remains highly encouraged there as well. The ordinance also includes exceptions for traveling in a personal vehicle, when participating in outdoor activities with social distancing, and when wearing a mask would cause or exaggerate an existing health condition.