mask ordinance

The Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission last night gave unanimous approval to a new mask mandate for Athens-Clarke County, making ACC the third major municipality in the state to enact such a mandate in the face of skyrocketing COVID-19 cases.

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Georgia’s governor, who has opposed local mask mandates and even sued over one in Atlanta, has signed a new executive order that allows local governments to enact mask requirements to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

This week on Athens News Matters, hear: 

District 7 Commissioner Russell Edwards joins the panel to discuss the week in news and politics, including the future of Athens-Clarke County’s mask ordinance and the early meetings of a police advisory board. 

WalMart, Lowe’s, Kroger and CVS are just a few of the national retailers that now require customers to wear masks in their stores. WUGA's Jeanne Davis went shopping for local opinions.