As many readers have no doubt already heard, AthFest—the highlight of the year for thousan...

AthFest, Brian Kemp and Pandemic Politics – Flagpole – Flagpole Magazine

As many readers have no doubt already heard, AthFest—the highlight of the year for thousands of local music fans—was canceled last week for the second year in a row. Rising COVID-19 cases are to blame, but the real culprit is politics. Athens-Clarke County was one of the first communities in Georgia to require masks inside public buildings, as recommended by the CDC and almost every public health expert, and after letting it lapse over the summer when cases were low, renewed the ordinance last month. ACC policy also dictates that the county will not issue permits for special events when, …

 

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