Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Makes Shocking Move Lifting Mask Mandate

by Cynthia Mallard

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A surprising move in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic. Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has announced she is ending the mask mandate across the city.

The mayor took to her Twitter Monday night announcing the city-wide change saying Atlanta is in the “Green Zone.” Bottoms in her tweet said quote “While it makes me personally anxious, I’ve always said we’d follow the science”.

Bottoms based her decision on the fact that the daily positivity covid rate is now just 2.9% compared to 20.4 % when the last wave of the virus spiked in August.

Bottoms did say masks will still be required in city-run facilities. She also encouraged everyone to get vaccinated. As of Monday, the state was reporting just over 700 news cases.

The mayor had signed a new executive order in July mandating the mask at all indoor public places in Atlanta just after the delta variant of the Covid-19 had spiked across Georgia.

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Over 1.2 million people in Georgia have contracted the virus since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020.

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