Workers must continue to wear face masks in Montgomery County

Co. mayor extends emergency order
Posted at 4:02 PM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 17:02:28-04

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett signed Emergency Order 20 which extends Emergency Order 19, requiring all employees of businesses open to the public in Montgomery County to wear face masks.

Mayor Durrett issued a mask mandate for all residents in July that expired on Sept. 8. Even though he encouraged residents to continue to use face coverings and practice social distance guidelines, they were no longer required.

However, he did issue an executive order mandating that all people working with the public must wear a face mask.

Exceptions for wearing face-coverings include the following as outlined in Governor 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.

Emergency Orders #19 and #20 also urge and encourage all people in Montgomery County to wear face-coverings in public places and practice all other CDC directives.

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