Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) on Wednesday banned local governments in the state from requiring residents to wear masks in public, voiding orders in at least 15 cities and counties. Kemp has said he thinks wearing masks to fight the spread of the coronavirus should be voluntary, and that local governments do not have the authority to order people to wear face coverings. Savannah Mayor Van Johnson, who in June ordered a $500 fine for residents not wearing masks inside public places, responded by saying the governor "doesn't give a damn about us." Kemp was among the first governors to ease lockdown restrictions and let businesses reopen. COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state have nearly doubled since the beginning of the month to 2,800, the most on record.

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