Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is withdrawing his lawsuit against Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the City Council regarding restrictions Atlanta put in place over coronavirus, including a citywide mask mandate.
In a written statement, the governor said he would instead address the issue in a new executive order this Saturday.
“I sued the City of Atlanta to immediately stop the shuttering of local businesses and protect local workers from economic instability. For weeks, we have worked in good faith with Mayor Bottoms, and she agreed to abandon the city’s Phase One roll-back plan, which included business closures and a shelter in place order. Unfortunately, the Mayor has made it clear that she will not agree to a settlement that safeguards the rights of private property owners in Georgia. Given this stalemate in negotiations, we will address this very issue in the next Executive Order," Kemp said.
Kemp referenced Bottoms concession on the city's phase one roll-back plan, but said she refused to compromise any further in mediation.
"The Governor’s current Executive Order expires this Saturday, August 15, at which time he will issue a new order with relevant language," according to the statement.