Montgomery County to enforce signage order requiring masks in businesses

Posted at 1:13 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 14:17:58-05

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Montgomery County officials will begin checking to make sure local businesses have posted the necessary signage requiring customers to wear masks.

According to a release, law enforcement agencies and building inspection departments for the county and City of Clarksville will begin stressing that businesses must post signs requiring the public to wear face coverings.

Under the county’s mask mandate, businesses are required to post signs at their entrances.

“We are seeing a tremendous spike in COVID-19 cases in our community, and it seems daily that we set a new case record,” Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett said. “My recent order requiring mask wearing also requires businesses to have a sign placed on their door requiring masks. Yet, I see all over the place where this is not the case. We need businesses to follow through and help us with this essential public health requirement.”

Sheriff John Fuson said if a business does not have a sign, they will provide one for them. If necessary, Fuson said they will give the business a warning and also document which businesses have signs and which ones do not.

“We will approach this from an educational standpoint but when called for, give a proper warning. We will also document which businesses we encountered and whether or not they had a sign posted so that we can take the proper action if we return to the business," Fuson said.

“People and businesses need to understand that the County Mayor’s legal order on masks and signs is more than a suggestion,” Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts said. “This order has the weight of law, and all our departments will be stressing that we require and expect compliance in the marketplace.”

The county has provided an online version of the sign here.