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CAIR-Georgia Condemns Gov. Kemp’s Mask Ban Order, Calls on Officials to Disregard ‘Deadly Decision,’ Enforce Mask Requirements

(AUGUSTA, GA, 7/16/2020) – The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR Georgia) strongly condemns Governor Kemp’s July 15th executive order explicitly banning cities and counties from mandating that people have to wear a mask when in public, and calls on cities and counties to disregard Governor Kemp’s “deadly decision,” and continue to enforce mask and safety regulations.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/16/opinions/kemp-shows-he-doesnt-care-about-black-people-brown/index.html

Despite the surging numbers and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in Georgia, Wednesday night, July 15, 2020, Governor Brian Kemp (R) issued an executive order explicitly banning cities and local governments from enacting their own mask mandates.

Governor Kemp previously attempted to block cities and counties from implementing stricter COVID-19 safety restrictions by mandating that his own executive orders supersede any local efforts.

To date, there are 3,483,832 confirmed cases and 136,938 deaths nationwide. In Georgia, there are 127,834 confirmed cases and 3,091 deaths to date, with cases and hospitalizations continuing to rise. 

In a statement, CAIR-Georgia’s Executive Director Abdullah Jaber said: 

“As tens of lives are lost daily and hundreds more are hospitalized, Governor Kemp continues to disregard and undermine the life and safety of all Georgians. From the very beginning, we have witnessed the Governor’s ignorance and inability to properly lead and address the pandemic by ignoring guidance from the CDC and leading health professionals.  

“By ‘reopening’ Georgia on April 27, ignominiously making it the first state in the country to do so, Kemp has remained firm in his efforts to promote the health of his personal relationship with one man, President Trump, over the public health and safety of all Georgians. Governor Kemp continues to manage this global health crisis from a politics first and public safety second perspective. This latest decision is just more of the same. We call on all local governments to uphold health and safety regulations. We cannot let our lives be politicized and pawned.”

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Georgia Executive Director Abdullah Jaber, 404-464-6612, ajaber@cair.com; CAIR-Georgia Legal & Advocacy Director Murtaza Khwaja, 404-432-8847, mkhwaja@cair.com

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