SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Sumner County Mayor Anthony Holt has issued an executive order requiring citizens to wear masks or face coverings when in public places effective at 12:00 am Tuesday morning.

Holt released the following statement on the decision:

“On July 3, Governor Lee’s Executive Order No. 54 granted county mayors in 89 counties the authority to issue local mask requirements in the event of a significant rise in COVID-19 cases. After consulting with local health professionals and discussions with city and county leaders, I am issuing a county-wide Executive Order requiring the wearing of face masks in public places. We are currently experiencing a public health emergency. We need everyone’s help to slow the trend of rising COVID-19 cases. My purpose is to reduce the rate of infection of this deadly virus.

Over the past couple of weeks, our numbers of confirmed cases have risen dramatically, which is concerning and dangerous. In the last 7 days, June 30th through July 5th, there have been 292 positive cases. This is an average of 41 new cases per day.

Pandemic fatigue is real; our confusion and frustration is real. .. but now is the time to take proactive measures and focus on the health of our family, friends, neighbors and community. Not only has this virus had a detrimental effect on the health and welfare of our citizens but has also been responsible for wrecking our economic welfare.

Now it is up to all of us to be responsible and to take the advice of health professionals. We need to change the current dynamic to slow the spread. Health professionals recommend that wearing face coverings is the most effective way to slow the spread of the virus. If community action is not taken, the spread of this virus will continue to intensify and our daily activities will be impacted. If we don’t take these steps, we may end up where we started with businesses closing which in turn will have a devastating effect on our family and our ability to earn a living. With this Order, I am asking that you wear a mask. This Order will be enforced.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. Thank you for keeping your family and our community safe.”

Face coverings are not required in the following situations:

  1. Within one’s residence or automobile, unless transporting others for hire;
  2. By a child twelve (12) years of age or younger;
  3. 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;
  4. By someone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face-covering without assistance;
  5. While eating or drinking;
  6. While outdoors, unless the person cannot substantially maintain appropriate social distancing from others outside of the person’s household;
  7. While working under conditions where appropriate social distancing from others outside of the person’s household is substantially maintained;
  8. In situations in which wearing a face-covering poses a safety or security risk;
  9. 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
  10. 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.

For the rest of the week, deputies will be passing out masks from 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. at Gallatin High School, Merrol Hyde Magnet School, Portland East Middle School, and New Hope Church in Westmoreland.