Montgomery County mask order extended until September 7

Posted at 2:43 PM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 15:46:06-04

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett has extended the county's mask order, which requires facial coverings to be worn in public.

Durrett said in a release Friday that Emergency Order 17 will expire at 12:01 a.m. on September 7, unless it’s canceled or extended before then. The original order went into effect on July 20.

The order says a cloth or other facial mask – that covers the nose and mouth – must be worn in all “publicly-accessible areas of commercial business establishments; public outdoor areas where social distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained; and within publicly-accessible areas of business offices where there is direct interaction with the public and social distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained.”

It also requires businesses and facilities to post signage requesting that customers wear masks.

The order excludes anyone 12 or under or anyone who has “trouble breathing due to an underlying health condition or another bona fide medical or health-related reason.”

“Our numbers are now moving in the direction that we want to see. Our cases were climbing significantly but active cases in Montgomery County have dropped by nearly 100 in the last 14 days versus the previous 14 days, so it seems the mask mandate is beginning to work. Hopefully everyone will stay diligent in practicing social distancing and wearing face-coverings so we can get through this faster,” said Mayor Durrett.

Read the order here.