DeKalb County, Doraville consider mandating face masks

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Marlie Arnold helps her son Lucas with his mask before entering the Atlanta zoo Saturday, May 16, 2020. STEVE SCHAEFER FOR THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

By J.D. Capelouto and Tyler Estep

DeKalb County and at least one of its cities are considering ordinances that would require residents to wear masks in public.

The city of Doraville in north DeKalb is set to vote on its mask ordinance on Monday. It would apply to all public places, including grocery stores, restaurants and city facilities.

“We have seen COVID-19 cases in Doraville zip codes more than triple since May 19,” Doraville Mayor Joseph Geierman said in a statement. “Masks are the most effective tool we all have to prevent the spread of coronavirus and mandating their use indoors will help us get this public health emergency under control more quickly with the least impact on people’s day-to-day lives.”

DeKalb County Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson, meanwhile, has proposed her own mask ordinance that would cover unincorporated parts of the county.
As currently written, the ordinance would mandate masks for anyone over 8 years old when in public places. Children between 3 and 8 years old would be “encouraged” but not required to wear masks.

Under Davis Johnson’s ordinance, an initial violation would result in a written warning. Additional violations could result in fines of up to $250.

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