Montgomery Co. mayor extends mask mandate until Nov. 20

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Posted at 4:32 PM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 17:32:43-04

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Mayor Jim Durrett extended Montgomery County's mask mandate by signing Emergency Order No. 22.

The mandate will require all residents wear a face-covering while in public or when social distancing is not an option. It will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Oct. 31 and remain in effect until Nov. 20.

includes a declaration of public health emergency and comes after discussions with the local health department and emergency services directors, Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts as well as several mayors in Middle Tennessee, according to a press release. Exceptions to the mandate are listed below.

The latest data for Montgomery County reveals the following:

  • Active cases have more than doubled from 225 at the end of Sept. to 532 cases by Oct. 26.
  • By Sept. 30, there were 46 total COVID-19 related deaths, and today, there are 57 COVID-19 related deaths.
  • The average daily case rate doubled from 22 in September to 41 by Oct. 26.
  • The latest 14-day average is 50 new cases per day.
  • Cases hit a record high this weekend with 102 new cases reported on Oct. 25.

Exceptions for wearing face-coverings include the following as outlined in Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order #54:

  • Within one's residence or automobile, unless transporting others for hire;
  • By a child twelve (12) years of age or younger;
  • By someone who has trouble breathing due to an underlying health condition or another bona fide medical or health-related reason for not wearing a face-covering;
  • By someone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face-covering without assistance;
  • While eating or drinking;
  • While outdoors, unless the person cannot substantially maintain appropriate social distancing from others outside of the person's household;
  • While working under conditions where appropriate social distancing from others outside of the person's household is substantially maintained;
  • In situations in which wearing a face-covering poses a safety or security risk;
  • While in a house of worship unless required by that house of worship, but wearing a face-covering in such locations is strongly encouraged; or
  • While in a voting site for the purpose of voting or administering an election, but wearing a face-covering in such locations is strongly encouraged.

COVID-19 tests are provided for free by the Montgomery County Health Department weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Civitan Park, located at 650 Bellamy Lane.

The Montgomery County Government web site has a host of COVID-19 related information, to include a COVID-19 dashboard, videos, signage, advice and previous mandates.