Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is planning to roll back the city's reopening to phase one due to a spike in Covid-19 cases, her spokesperson said Friday.
Phase one includes an order for all city residents to stay home except for essential trips.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp slammed the mayor’s decision, calling it “confusing” and “legally unenforceable,” his office said Friday.
Kemp’s office said in a statement that Bottoms' "action today is merely guidance — both non-binding and legally unenforceable."
"As clearly stated in the Governor's executive order, no local action can be more or less restrictive, and that rule applies statewide. Once again, if the Mayor actually wants to flatten the curve in Atlanta, she should start enforcing state restrictions, which she has failed to do. We ask citizens and businesses alike to comply with the terms of the Governor's order, which was crafted in conjunction with state public health officials. These common-sense measures will help protect the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians,” the statement said.