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Gov. Brian Kemp signs executive order preventing public schools from mandating masks

Few new restrictions as Georgia's shelter-at-home order ends
Posted at 4:56 PM, May 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-28 16:56:05-04

ATLANTA, Ga. (WTXL) — On Friday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order regarding remaining COVID-19 guidelines for long-term care facilities, schools, and local governments.

Under the new executive order, schools and school districts cannot utilize renewed public health state of emergency authority to require workers or students to wear a face-covering while on school campuses.

"As hospitalizations, cases, deaths, and percent positive tests all continue to decline - and with vaccinations on the rise - Georgians deserve to fully return to normal," said Gov. Kemp. "With safe and effective vaccines widely available and the public well-aware of all COVID-19 mitigation measures, mandates from state and local governments are no longer needed."

Effective May 31, 2021, through June 15, 2021, the order eliminates rules for restaurants, bars, conventions, childcare facilities, live performance venues, and other organizations. Previous executive orders eliminated regulations for camps and sporting events.

Limited guidelines remain for long-term care facilities, schools, and school districts.

You can read the new executive order in full below:

Gov. Brian Kemp Executive Order 5.28.21 by Noah Chadwick Griego on Scribd