AAMA Demands Governors Allow Localities to Enforce Face Masks Policies

Published on July 21, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The African American Mayors Association -- which includes Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (Atlanta, GA), Mayor Muriel Bowser (Washington, DC), and Mayor Sylvester Turner (Houston, TX) -- recently passed a landmark resolution on the COVID-19 pandemic. The Association -- which represents hundreds of Black mayors nationwide -- is calling on Governors to repeal any orders or rules that prohibit local governments from implementing strategies that reduce COVID-19 transmission -- including face masks. 

Mayor McKinley Price, DDS of Newport News, VA and President of the African American Mayors Association issued the following statement: 

“COVID-19 is surging across the country -- threatening all Americans, and particularly people of color. Face masks -- along with other social distancing practices -- are proven ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Yet many governors are preventing mayors from enforcing these strategies.

It shouldn’t be this way. Health experts are clear that wearing masks slows down the spread of the virus. We all need to take this powerful step to protect our communities. As Black mayors, we have a heightened awareness on the needs to mitigate COVID-19 transmission among communities of color. In passing this resolution, Black mayors -- from cities of all sizes -- are sending a clear message to governors: mayors must have the ability to implement public health strategies that keep their constituents safe.”

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