Montgomery Co. mask order expires Tuesday, mayor asks people to keep wearing them

Posted at 8:24 AM, Sep 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-07 09:37:10-04

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The countywide mask order for Montgomery County will expire at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. However, County Mayor Jim Durrett is requesting people to continue wearing facial coverings and practice social distancing amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Durrett wrote a letter to residents Friday, explaining his decision to not extend the mandate. He said a new mandate will take effect on Tuesday that requires employees in businesses that serve customers and cannot consistently social distance to wear masks.

Read more about Emergency Order 18 here.

"Although we are lifting the personal mandate, we STRONGLY encourage the general public to wear masks and to social distance. Our data is where it is because I believe most people in Montgomery County that masks and social distancing works and they are doing their part to make a difference," Durrett said in the letter.

Additionally, visitors who enter any county, city or school system facility must also wear masks as they enter the buildings until further notice.

However, even with the mandate expiring, the mayor stressed the importance of continuing to wear face masks.

"It is paramount that we keep commerce thriving, keep our children engaged in learning and protect those who are the most vulnerable. It should not be about individual inconvenience but about what we can do to help each other," Durrett said.