‘Mask Up for Kids’ campaign kicks off

Three child advocacy organizations in Georgia are launching an ad campaign encouraging both adults and children to wear masks to discourage the spread of COVID-19. A series of public service announcements set to begin airing Tuesday features children too young to be

UGA faculty members are planning to impose a mask mandate

 The University System of Georgia is trying to fend off a rebellion from a group of University of Georgia faculty determined to impose a mask mandate in violation of system policy. A letter from Jeffrey Bennetzen, a geneticist at UGA, dated Sept.

Four Georgia mayors challenge Kemp on mask mandates

The Democratic mayors of four Georgia cities are asking Gov. Brian Kemp to impose a mask mandate inside state buildings to show he is interested in the health of Georgians as well as the economy. An open letter sent to the Republican

Kemp halts mask mandates by local governments

Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order Thursday prohibiting local governments in Georgia from imposing mask mandates to discourage the spread of COVID-19. The cities of Atlanta and Savannah reinstated mask mandates late last month for public indoor spaces, citing a rise

Cobb County requires masks in government buildings

After meeting with Public Health officials, and learning of the increase in Covid-19 cases within the county workforce, Cobb County Manager, Dr. Jackie McMorris, announced that masks will be required for anyone entering county facilities effective this Friday. “As the result of what

Masks now required at all Fulton County Schools

In response to a surge in COVID-19 cases in Fulton County, the school system is now requiring students at all schools to mask up. According to school officials, there has been a significant increase in cases across the county. All cities within

Georgia students head to college amid COVID-19 surge

College students across Georgia are saying goodbye to mom and dad, hauling furniture up to their dorm rooms and making last-minute changes to their class schedules.  A new semester started Monday at Dalton State College and Georgia Gwinnett College, and the rest

Kemp says he won’t mandate or prohibit masks in schools

Gov. Brian Kemp Friday defended his decision not to impose mask-wearing or vaccination mandates on Georgians to stem the latest surge in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths. “I don’t believe we need to have a dictatorship in government telling what local school

Masks will be required at Richmond County Schools

Students who attend Richmond County Schools will be required to mask up when school starts Aug. 2. The school system announced last week that it would be following the new guidance for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for K-12 schools.

Atlanta now has a mask mandate in all public places

ATLANTA — If you live, work or play in the city of Atlanta, you’ll need to do so while wearing a mask. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an executive order requiring everyone in a public place, including private businesses and establishments, to wear

Coronavirus Update: Mask mandates return as hospitalizations rise

Hospitals treating more patients and bracing for even more. Mask requirements returning. The push for vaccinations getting stronger, with more workers facing mandatory shots. The unsettling rise in COVID cases has prompted a flurry of virus-related activity this week across the state

Tybee Island has ‘no plans to issue a mask mandate’

TYBEE ISLAND — On the heels of this week’s announcement from the neighboring city of Savannah, Tybee Island officials say their city doesn’t plan to issue a mask mandate. However, the city is encouraging residents to get vaccinated and says city officials

Kemp orders local school systems to ditch masks

Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order Friday prohibiting schools from requiring students or employees to wear masks. The lifting of mask requirements was among several restrictions the governor is eliminating as the coronavirus pandemic winds down in Georgia. “As hospitalizations, cases,

Georgia officials: Don’t get violent when a retailer asks you to wear a mask

Gwinnett County officials are making it clear that they will not tolerate violence from customers in response to retailers requiring face masks. Gwinnett County Solicitor-General Brian Whiteside and Georgia Retail Association Executive Director Thomas Beusse released a joint public service announcement respectfully urging the

News Blog: Norcross mandates face masks

The City of Norcross has passed a face mask mandate, requiring that face masks be worn when on property owned or leased by the city. The measure also closes government buildings to the public unless physical presence is necessary for court hearings