Metro Health Department to enforce regulations for masks

Posted at 8:14 PM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 23:35:27-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — As Nashville enters phase one of reopening, masks and protective face coverings are still recommended for some and required for others. The Metro Public Health Department is stepping up enforcement to ensure people and businesses are compliant.

The Metro Public Health Department’s Public Health Order 4 recommends everyone wear a face covering or mask whenever they leave the house. However, children younger than two months should not wear a facial covering. Others with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing masks are also exempt.

The order also states that employees who interact with the public, or can’t maintain a safe distance, are required to wear a mask while at work.

Businesses are also instructed to place signs by the entrance asking customers to wear a mask before entering. Business owners can ask customers to leave if they don't comply.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cloth masks are helpful in limiting the spread of COVID-19.

"It is passed from person to person," said Brian Todd, Spokesperson for the Metro Public Health Department. "So if there is anything you can do to stop the spread, you are protecting yourself and others."

Todd said the Metro Public Health Department is teaming up with Metro Police and Metro Parks Police to enforce the order. This week, officials will focus on educating businesses about the recommendations. However, in the future, violators could face a $50 citation.

Members of the public are encouraged to report individuals or businesses who violate the order by calling 311 or visiting the HubNashville website.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper encouraged people to support businesses that follow the order, and stay away from ones that don't.

"If you see something, say something to protect public health," said Mayor Cooper.

Public Health Order 4 will remain in effect through 11:59 p.m. on May 31, unless it is extended.