Montgomery County mask mandate to end September 29

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Posted at 2:35 PM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 16:24:54-04

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Montgomery County will end its mandate requiring employees of businesses open to the public to wear masks.

Mayor Jim Durrett said he will not extend the emergency his emergency order that called for the requirement, which will expire at 12:01 a.m. September 29. However, anyone entering a county-owned facility will still be required to wear a mask. This includes the City of Clarksville offices and Clarksville-Montgomery County School System facilities.

"Our data indicates that the mandate is no longer necessary. Because of the high volume of people that enter many of our county facilities every day, we will require masks of the general public entering all county-owned facilities," Durrett said. "We highly encourage business owners and the general public to continue to wear masks when social distancing cannot be achieved. This virus has not gone away, and we all need to be mindful of those we are around."

Businesses may independently require employees and patrons to wear masks.

"Mask-wearing is still an effective way of preventing the spread of this disease, and we need to keep looking out for one another," said Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts.

This summer, Gov. Bill Lee gave counties the power to issue mask mandates. His emergency order will expire on September 30.