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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp: Is his decision to "void" local mask mandates right or wrong?

In one swoop, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp both extended the state's COVID-19 precautionary guidelines and voided local mandates for wearing masks in public. The seemingly contradictory move has many Americans scratching their head, believing that Kemp's executive order will make it more difficult for local governments in Georgia to keep their residents safe. Others defend Kemp's decision, saying city and local governments went too far by mandating masks, and that Kemp is rectifying orders that should never have happened in the first place. What do you think: Did Kemp make the right or wrong move?

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According to WSB-TV, Brian Kemp's latest executive order reiterated his previous ones: 

Gov. Brian Kemp extended the state’s COVID-19 guidelines again Wednesday evening, reiterating what his previous executive orders already said: No local government can institute laws or ordinances that go above or below the guidelines spelled out in the orders.

The order does extend precautionary guidelines such as banning gatherings of 50 or more people and "encouraging" Georgians to wear masks:

Kemp extended guidelines through the end of the month. His executive order says that all Georgians should continue to social distance and people with underlying conditions should stay home when possible through July 31.
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For many, Kemp's executive order came as a shock. Over a dozen cities and local governments in Georgia have mandated masks in public, including Atlanta, Savannah and Athens. Georgia's coronavirus cases began to increase in June and are still on the rise. As of mid-July, the state has 118,000 cases and 3,030 deaths. WSB-TV spoke with the mayor of Doraville, Joseph Geierman, in response to the order. 

Mayor Joseph Geierman said in a statement, reading, in part, “Public health and safety should never be a political issue. We are disappointed with Governor Kemp’s recent decision to overrule over a dozen Georgia cities from mandating the wearing of masks, including Doraville. The governor’s open hostility to common-sense protections has once again put Georgia in the national spotlight as a state where decisions are made based on politics, not science.”

Some worry the latest from Kemp will result in legal battles between the state government and local municipalities. 

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Others, including Kemp himself, argue that the mandate is not meant to discourage face masks; rather, it is an affirmation of Georgians' rights to choose whether or not to wear one. Per WSB-TV:

As part of the executive order, Kemp said face masks are strongly encouraged, but not mandated. The language in his order specified that cities and counties can’t require the use of masks or other face coverings.
The governor has called such a requirement “a bridge too far,” and his office has said local mandates are unenforceable.

In this sense, some believe Kemp made the right move. 

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp: Is his decision to "void" local mask mandates right or wrong?
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