Gov. Bill Lee gives localities authority to extend mask mandates through April 28

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee puts on his mask during a break in the state budget hearings Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. According to a Vanderbilt University School of Medicine study released Tuesday, Tennessee counties that have not required wearing masks in public are on average seeing COVID-19 death rates double or more compared with those that instituted mandates. Lee has opposed a statewide mask mandate, stressing personal responsibility. He has instead allowed counties to decide whether to require masks. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued an updated executive order that gives continuing guidance to localities about mask mandates.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has not been a statewide mask mandate in place, however, local authorities were given the authority to issue mask mandates within their own jurisdictions.

In the updated executive order, it read in part, “county mayors in the 89 counties that do not have a locally run county health department shall have the authority to issue orders or measures requiring or recommending the wearing of face coverings within their jurisdictions.”

The newly-signed executive order is in effect through April 28.

From availability to current phases, find vaccine information for every Tennessee county using News 2’s Vaccine Tracker map.

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