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Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis is standing firm on his position that masks or cloth face coverings save lives and should be worn in public.

He issued a statement today on the heels of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s mandate that bans the state’s cities and counties from ordering people to wear masks in public places.

Davis is one of a handful of mayors across the state that ordered that masks be worn, even though Kemp had said cities and counties had no power to require them.

In a statement released today, Davis said, “Governor Kemp’s “Bridge Too Far” approach on a mask requirement and now the disregard for the local governance of cities and municipalities is beyond concerning.  At a time when executive powers should be used to unite Georgians from all corners of the state to slow the virus from spreading while saving lives, an apolitical public health crisis has become political.  A mask requirement is the least that we can do because we are headed in the wrong direction that will inevitably hurt our businesses and communities at large much more.