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Statesboro Mayor Pens Letter Pleading with Biz Owners to Require Masks

As confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to climb in Bulloch County, the mayor of Statesboro has asked businesses to require patrons to wear masks on their premises. 

As confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to climb in Bulloch County, the mayor of Statesboro has asked businesses to require patrons to wear masks on their premises.

Mayor Jonathan McCollar sent the letter dated July 1 to a handful of businesses in the community, citing “a considerable rise in COVID-19 cases recently.” The Georgia Department of Public Health has identified Bulloch County as a location with ‘substantial spread’ as testing has increased and more individuals are testing positive.

As a result, McCollar is asking business owners to take the lead on face coverings.

From the letter:

“My challenge to each business is to require your patrons to wear a mask when in your establishment. It is my hope and desire Statesboro can stop the community spread of the coronavirus. The only way to do that is by wearing a face covering. We cannot stop the spread of the virus unless everyone is willing to participate.”

Under Governor Kemp’s April Executive Order – which is currently extended through August 11, 2020 – local governments are prohibited from enacting ordinances or orders that are more or less strict than the state orders. If the state is not enacting a mandatory mask order, local governments are barred under the Executive Order from mandating masks.

You can read the letter in its entirety below

Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."

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    Anne gibson

    July 24, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    I wish you would send a copy of this letter to all businesses

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