Ga. governor bars schools from requiring masks, eases other COVID rules

Updated: May. 28, 2021 at 5:06 PM EDT
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ATLANTA - Gov. Brian Kemp has issued a new executive order amid the COVID-19 pandemic, rolling back even more regulations while keeping some others in place.

As he said he would do, Kemp barred school districts from issuing mask-wearing mandates.

“Executive Order is hereby amended to the extent that the Public Health State of Emergency renewed therein is limited in the scope of its powers so that it does not include the authority for local school districts to rely on the Public Health State of Emergency as a basis for requiring students or Workers to wear a face covering while present on school district campuses,” the order states.

Also, effective Monday, the executive order eliminates rules for restaurants, bars, conventions, child-care facilities, live performance venues, among others.

In this recent order, limited guidelines remain for long-term care facilities.

“As hospitalizations, cases, deaths, and percent positive tests all continue to decline - and with vaccinations on the rise - Georgians deserve to fully return to normal,” Kemp said in a news release. “With safe and effective vaccines widely available and the public well-aware of all COVID-19 mitigation measures, mandates from state and local governments are no longer needed.”

The order is effective until June 15, 2021.


From reports by WRDW/WAGT and WALB