NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Metro police will be handing out printed advisories to people who are not following the new face mask mandate in Nashville.
Police said this is to help educate Nashvillians and just another way they can try and stop the spread of COVID-19.
Officers have been instructed to “educate and warn” citizens concerning the requirement until further notice.
The mandate has been met with both pushback and praise.
“I feel like when I’ve gone out to the grocery store, I’ve seen less people wearing masks now and I think it’s going to be great that everyone should have one on,” one mask-wearing woman told News 2.
Public Health Order 8 took effect on Monday, June 29 at 12:01 a.m.
The order comes when Nashville and Tennessee are seeing an increase of COVID-19 cases.
If you are outdoors or indoors, you have to wear a mask or face coverings but there are some exceptions —for example, if you are six feet apart from others, you don’t have to wear it.
Other exceptions include children 12 and younger, outdoor activities like walking, biking or running, traveling in a car, inside schools if it is in compliance with the conditions in Nashville’s returning to school plan, eating or drinking in public, places of worship or if a person cannot medically tolerate a mask.
Anyone found in violation of the order can be cited with a Class C misdemeanor, but that does not go into effect until after July 3.
COVID-19 in Tennessee
(This reflects what the TDH is reporting each day at 2 p.m. CST for every county other than Davidson. Information for Davidson comes from the Metro Public Health Department.)
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