Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has issued an Order directing the City of Atlanta’s five-phased reopening plan to be moved from the current Phase II back to Phase I effective immediately in response to, what she calls, "the alarming increase in COVID-19 cases in the state of Georgia." But the move by Bottoms is being called "confusing, non-binding, and legally unenforceable" by Governor Brian Kemp.
Bottoms has lambasted Kemp and President Donald Trump for their handling of the COVID-19 Pandemic. On MSNBC Thursday Bottoms said "there's a lack of leadership in our state and a lack of leadership from the White House." She added that Kemp "is not doing enough for our state" and that "his leadership has been irresponsible." While she expressed "concern" at the time, Bottoms is now saying outright "we opened up very quickly and we're now seeing the result of that."
She announced earlier this week that she and members of her family have tested positive.
According to a statement from Bottoms' office, the reopening plan was drawn from the recommendations of the Mayor’s Advisory Council for Reopening Atlanta. The statement indicates that the reopening phases are based on milestone metrics and recent data.
Georgia, according to the State Department of Public Health, has set a new 1-day record of new COVID-19 cases. There were almost 5-tousand people newly infected as of Friday. The total now stands at 111, 211 confirmed cases of the respiratory illness with almost 3,000 related deaths.
“Based upon the surge of COVID-19 cases and other data trends, pursuant to the recommendations of our Reopening Advisory Committee, Atlanta will return to Phase I of our reopening plan,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Georgia reopened in a reckless manner and the people of our city and state are suffering the consequences.”
Phase 1: Stay at Home guidelines are as follows: