Montgomery Co. Mayor allows mask mandate to expire but requests people still wear them

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Posted at 9:49 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 23:01:10-04

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett is requesting people to still wear masks and practice social distancing while allowing the county's mask mandate to expire.

Mayor Durrett wrote a letter to residents explaining his decision to not extend the mandate amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

"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.

Read the full letter here.

In the letter, he says he will be issuing Emergency Order #18 which requires employees in businesses that serve customers and cannot consistently social distance to wear masks.

Visitors who enter any County, City and School System facility must also wear masks as they enter the buildings and until further notice.
However, even with the mandate expiring, the mayor stressed the importance of continuing to use 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 stated.

The new order will take effect September 8.