Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said she is disappointed. Not just because the shelter in place order has been lifted, but that people are not abiding by the guidelines laid out in the order to practice social distancing and limit crowd sizes.
What We Know:
- After much attention was focused on the city of Atlanta this past weekend with large crowd gatherings at parks, malls and other locations, Bottoms is trying to get the message to citizens that the fight is not over.
- Bottoms said she understands that some people are venturing out because of economic reasons and they do not have much of a choice. But the other group, who she calls the thrill seekers, needs to adhere to the guidelines.
- Someone decided it was a good idea to host a massive rager in Atlanta over Memorial Day Weekend, and the shindig was billed as a private, topless mansion party, with over 800 people attending before police shut it down.
- The party drew a stern response from Atlanta’s mayor … a spokesperson for Bottoms said, “While the mayor is extremely disappointed to see these isolated events, she is encouraged by the vast majority of Atlantans who value their lives and the lives of others enough to practice social distancing and use some common sense.”
- Videos from inside the bash show revelers packed inside the mansion like sardines and topless dancers twerking in front of a huge circle of people, as money rained down.
- The owner of the house owns a couple of strip clubs in the area … and cops shut it down Saturday at midnight. The Atlanta Police Department said officers responded to a noise complaint and ticketed about a dozen cars for parking illegally.
“Even in sending our officers in to break up large crowds, we’re sending our officers into danger when people don’t have face masks. It would be my wish that we wore face masks, and that there were some requirements with certain parameters.” – Mayor Bottoms
Mayor Bottoms has been urging Atlanta residents to be responsible and stay home during the pandemic, even as Governor Brian Kemp and President Trump push forward with reopening states and economies.