Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp waived his lawsuit against Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and City Council on Thursday after suing mayor over mask missions and coronavirus protection measures another was re-established in July.
“Under the concession of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms regarding the city’s Phase One restoration plan and after she refused to mediate to negotiate more on a compromise, the Attorney General’s Office filed Our pending retrieval of lawsuit, ”a statement from the governor of the office said Thursday.
Kemp said he is trying to protect businesses.
“I sued the City of Atlanta to immediately stop the closure of local businesses and protect local workers from economic instability,”; Kemp said. “For weeks, we have been working in good faith with Mayor Bottoms and she has agreed to abandon the city’s Phase One turnaround plan, which involves closing the business and a shelter in order. . “
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Kemp filed a lawsuit against Bottoms and the City Council after the mayor of Atlanta issued an order on July 10, pushing the city back to Stage Once coronavirus infections started to increase, requiring everyone to stay. home and wear a mask in public. Restaurants and businesses are only allowed to open their doors to pick up visitors from the curb.
Bottoms, a Democrat, told CNN in an interview last month that she believes the lawsuit is a “personal retaliation” because he “doesn’t sue the city of Atlanta. He has filed it. Complaint personally me and our City Council. “
In a brief filing filed by Bottoms, she defended Atlanta’s masked powers and said the governor’s lawsuit was anti-religious and not in the public interest because her revocation of the order did. can increase the spread of COVID-19 and the number of people damaged and lost. with it.
Bottoms’s office could not be immediately reached for comment.
“Unfortunately, the Mayor has made it clear that she will not agree to an agreement that protects the rights of private property owners in Georgia,” Kemp said on Thursday.
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Kemp is expected to sign an executive order on Saturday allowing cities to carry out masking duties but only on government property – meaning Bottoms will not be able to require businesses to comply with mask rules, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Bottoms reportedly called Kemp’s statement “regrettably inaccurate” but noted that she was “grateful that the lawsuit was withdrawn and the time and resources of their city and state. one could better use against COVID-19. “
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Georgia has reported more than 228,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and more than 4,500 deaths.
Atlanta, the capital of Georgia, is located in Fulton County and has reported the highest number of coronavirus infections in the state, with more than 21,000 confirmed cases – 3,400 have occurred in the past two weeks.