Atlanta COVID-19 Facemask Notice Posting Requirement
The City of Atlanta has issued further facemask requirements, now requiring additional signage to be posted by businesses to opt-out of enforcement of facemask mandates on their premises by Atlanta police, as well as send an email notice to the police department.
What are the details?
Issued in late October, the most recent requirements for Atlanta employers include a new worksite posting, and an email requirement.
Employers who wish to opt-out of the City of Atlanta’s Local Option Face Covering requirement will need to post a clearly legible sign in a two-inch or larger font at all public entrances stating the following:
“This location does not consent to enforcement of any local face covering requirement upon this property.”
Additionally, employers will need to notify the Atlanta Police Department stating their refusal to consent to enforcement of Atlanta’s Local Option Face Covering Requirement by either emailing a notice to MaskOptOut@AtlantaGa.Gov or sending a written notice to Atlanta Police Department, 226 Peachtree Street SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.
Employers should note that Georgia already has posting requirements for COVID-19. The Georgia COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act provides a litigation shield for businesses operating inside the state of Georgia. Employers who do not sell tickets to enter their establishment must, to be protected by this litigation shield, have the following text in at least one-inch Arial font place apart from any other text at all points of entry to their property that states:
Under Georgia law, there is no liability for an injury or death of an individual entering these premises if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of contracting COVID-19. You are assuming this risk by entering these premises.
An article covering these changes can be found here.
What do employers need to do?
Atlanta employers should review the above requirements and ensure they have the required notices posted at their workplaces, if they wish to opt-out of local mask requirements.