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Atlanta Mayor Defies Governor, Urges Residents To ‘Listen To Health Professionals’ And Stay Home



As Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) moves to reopen the state, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) is urging city residents to “look at the science” and stay at home to minimize the spread of coronavirus.

The governor plans to allow businesses like gyms, nail salons and tattoo parlors to reopen as early as Friday, according to The Hill. But Mayor Bottoms is warning that the move could be catastrophic.

“I am using my voice to encourage people: Follow the data, look at the science, listen to the health care professionals and use your common sense,” told MSNBC’s “MTP Daily” on Tuesday. “Please stay home,” the Atlanta mayor added.

“Simply because we have hospital beds available, doesn’t mean that we should work to fill them up,” she added.

The Democratic mayor also called on her residents to utilize city services provided during the pandemic and said other government leaders should give their constituents “an incentive” to stay at home.

“There’s nothing essential about going to a bowling alley during a pandemic,” she added.

As of Tuesday, Georgia has confirmed 20,166 cases of coronavirus, which have led to at least 3,885 hospitalizations and 818 deaths, according to the state’s health department.