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Montgomery County Mayor signs emergency order requiring masks to be worn in public

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Posted at 1:10 PM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 15:15:02-04

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett has signed an emergency order requiring all residents to wear facial coverings in public to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 20 and is set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 27.

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.”

Businesses and facilities will also be required to post signage requesting that customers wear masks.

County officials say the exceptions to wearing a face-covering are outlined in Governor Lee’s previous order.

Mayor Durrett met with City Mayor Joe Pitts, as well as Montgomery County Sheriff John Fuson, Clarksville Police Department Chief David Crockarell and Director of Medical Services Jimmie Edwards, on Friday to review the mandate.