090419_MNS_full_Harvard_Debate_002 Keisha Lance Bottoms

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks at the event.

ATLANTA — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms ordered all but essential businesses closed late Friday as coronavirus cases in the city and across Georgia hit record levels.

Bottoms placed Atlanta back under Phase 1 stay-at-home guidelines just two days after imposing a mask-wearing mandate requiring people in the city to wear masks in all public places.

Under Phase 1, which was in effect in Atlanta this spring until early May, residents are to make only essential trips such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy. Businesses such as restaurants and retail establishments are only allowed to provide curbside services.

Gov. Brian Kemp, who has not issued a mask-wearing order statewide, criticized the mayor on Wednesday for imposing restrictions beyond what the state is requiring and did so again following Friday’s order.

“Mayor Bottoms’ action today is merely guidance — both non-binding and legally unenforceable,” Kemp said in a prepared statement. “As clearly stated in the governor’s executive order, no local action can be more or less restrictive, and that rule applies statewide.”

Bottoms took action on the same day Georgia added more than 4,400 confirmed cases of COVID-19, a daily record. More than 111,000 Georgians have contracted the virus since the global pandemic began hitting the U.S. back in March.

As of 3 p.m. Friday, Fulton County had 10,021 confirmed coronavirus cases overall. The county had suffered 321 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began along with 1,230 hospitalizations.

Despite the governor’s warnings that local mask-wearing requirements can’t be enforced, a growing number of Georgia cities have imposed them. The city of Augusta imposed a masking mandate on Friday, joining Atlanta, Savannah and East Point.

Also on Friday, Kemp announced plans to reopen the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta for standby hospital beds and medical equipment to help handle the recent influx of COVID-19 hospitalizations.

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(9) comments

Howard Peterson

She can't leave the house and NEITHER can you!!!!! Shut up & stay in bed!!!!!

richard plent

She’s the only one with brains among our Georgia leaders. It won’t just magically go away as you have been told.

Howard Peterson

Like I said above: "shut up & stay in bed". I have NEVER stayed home. I've worn a mask 5 times total because I was forced to do so. I maintain proper personal hygiene without overdoing it and I'm completely OK with no virus! If others would do likewise instead of protesting & peeing behind a tree, there might be a chance to get rid of the virus! Think about it instead of complaining about it.

Howard Peterson

There's a lot of false positives when it come to the Wuhan virus testing. Was she tested twice & positive both times? If she's so smart, she should have undergone a 2nd test.

Mike Nelson

Seriously, she is the only one with brains? She let Atl get looted, rioting and assault . The entire time photo shoot while sat I feel your pain. Then the little girl gets murdered by her protesters and she is all over the news crying, this must stop. If she is the best we have we are in deep xxxx. She is a joke and we know it.

Howard Peterson

From the AJC, here's another reason that Gov. Kemp is RIGHT about masks & Mayor Bottoms is wrong: "The CDC defines exposure as at least 15 minutes of face-to-face contact with a COVID-19 carrier when neither party is wearing a mask." Unless you are an everyday attendee at the local saloon, 15 minutes of face to face contact is extremely unlikely in anybody's daily life.

Johanna Williams

Nobody should take anything Bottoms says as truth. Take a look at the complete mess she rules over.

Mike Nelson

All anyone needs to know is she owns the 8 year olds death for failure ton shutdown the looting and rioting. And now she is concerned about our health !, all she is worried about is herself. She is and will continue to be a joke as a Mayor.

Howard Peterson

Any bets that Bottoms doesn't have the virus? Her timing is perfect since Biden will be making his VP announcement on or before 8-1. If she's at home she can "stump" with all the fake news MSM outlets on TV. Sad, REALLY sad.

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