ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — Following Governor Brian Kemp’s announcement yesterday of re-opening some businesses on April 25 and 27, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told several media outlets she disagrees with the decision.

Mayor Bottoms issued this statement to CW69:

More than 19,000 Georgians have tested positive for COVID-19 and the numbers continue to increase. It is the Governor’s prerogative to make this decision for the state, but I will continue to urge Atlanta to stay at home, stay safe and make decisions based on the best interests of their families.

Bottoms also issued an Administrative Order to create an advisory council to discuss the steps and measures needed to end her mandated Stay at Home Order at the appropriate time.

“Reopening the city must be executed in a cautious manner that is best suited for Atlanta,” said Mayor Bottoms, in a April 20 press release. “The Advisory Council will provide the necessary input and buy-in from Atlanta stakeholders to outline a safe and thoughtful framework to get our economy back on track without endangering public health.”

Officials said the advisory council will consist of representative fro several city organizations and businesses.

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