Reversing course, Nashville will lift indoor mask mandate Friday morning

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Despite earlier suggesting that the indoor mask mandate would continue, Nashville and Davidson County will allow the indoor mask mandate to expire starting Friday at 5 a.m.

Earlier, News 2 spoke with the Metro Public Health Department that told us that while they were encouraged by the recently updated guidance and “further emphasizing the importance of widespread COVID-19 vaccination,” they believed that Nashville wasn’t ready to lift its mask requirements just yet.

Dr. Alex Jahangir, head of the Metro Coronavirus Task Force, confirmed the reverse decision was made late Thursday afternoon after a health board meeting.

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced updated guidance that allows fully-vaccinated individuals to stop wearing masks indoors and outdoors.

The health department earlier told News 2 that with 12 to 15-year-old children now being allowed to get vaccinated, extending the existing mask requirements would allow them time to get the vaccine.

Read the full latest statement from the health department below:

“The Board Chair and the Director of Health, and Metro Public Health Department epidemiologists met following this afternoon’s Board meeting to further evaluate the new recommendations regarding mask usage that were issued by the CDC just prior to the Board of Health meeting.  After reviewing further, a decision was to end the Public Health indoor mask order.  We expect the order to expire on Friday, May 14.  The MPHD continues to strongly recommend wearing masks for those who are unvaccinated when in crowds, indoors, and when unable to socially distance, as also recommended by the CDC.  Each individual business retains the right to set their own restrictions regarding the use of masks.”

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