Rutherford County issues mask mandate starting Wednesday

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RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — The mayor of Rutherford County has announced a mask mandate that will go into effect Wednesday, July 22.

Mayor Bill Ketron made the announcement Monday afternoon and said the official mandate, requiring facial coverings to be worn in public, will begin at 12 a.m. Wednesday.

We are still asking the community to be #RutherfordResponsible, but rather than strongly encouraging wearing a mask, we are requiring it.

Mayor Bill Ketron

The announcement was made about two weeks after the county began its new initiative called ‘#RutherfordResponsible’. Ketron said Rutherford County had received a lot of negative attention in recent days due to the rise in COVID-19 cases.

We have got to do everything we possibly can to slow the spread of this virus in our communities. The sooner, the better.

Mayor Bill Ketron

The mask mandate for Rutherford County follows Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order 54, the mayor said. He added he will reassess the mandate on August 3.

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