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Georgia's governor, Atlanta's mayor to square off in court on mask wearing

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A Georgia judge is scheduled on Tuesday to hear arguments in an emergency motion brought by Governor Brian Kemp to stop the city of Atlanta from enforcing a mandate that people wear masks in public to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

But in a late night legal move, the hearing that was set for 10 a.m. (1400 GMT) Tuesday was moved to 2 p.m. so the two parties can attempt binding mediation starting at 8:30 a.m., according to a filing in Fulton County Superior Court.

Local media station WSB-TV reported that the governor plans to withdraw the request for the emergency hearing. That could not be confirmed by Reuters late on Monday and a representative for the governor was not immediately available.

The motion, pending before Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jane Barwick, asks the court to halt Atlanta’s enforcement efforts while a lawsuit works its way through the courts.

The lawsuit, brought by Kemp, is the latest salvo in a clash over mask mandates between the governor and some local officials, including Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

28 July 2020

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