Gov. Kemp tours state to remind Georgians to ‘mask up’ for the Labor Day weekend

ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp is traveling the state Friday to encourage people to wear masks as they head into the Labor Day weekend.

Kemp did a similar tour just before the Fourth of July, urging people to recommit to wearing a mask, washing hands and practicing social distancing as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

At a news conference this morning at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, Kemp said we all must stay vigilant to keep moving in the right direction and he asked Georgians to do four simple things.

“One, wear a mask when you’re out in public. Two, continue to socially distance yourself staying at least six feet apart from folks when you can. Three, wash your hands and keep surfaces clean. And finally, even over this Labor Day weekend, we will follow and enforce the public health guidance in Georgia’s executive order,” Kemp said.


The number of new cases appears to be dropping across the state, and the governor doesn’t want that to change over the holiday weekend that usually entails family gatherings to celebrate the unofficial end to summer.

Kemp started in Atlanta and then traveled to Valdosta, Savannah and Augusta.

As of Thursday, the state reported 277,288 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 5,868 deaths in Georgia. The state has conducted more than 2.4 million COVID-19 tests with a 10.5% positivity rate.