COVID-19 is so widespread in Nashville that Mayor John Cooper says government alone can’t fix the problem. Rather, he and other local officials are urging — even pleading with — residents to use the one tool that’s been proven to work: wearing a mask.
The incoming Biden administration plans to ask governors to require masks in their states. But Tennessee’s Bill Lee says he’s convinced that mayors, not governors, are the right people to make such mandates.
Nashville health officials say they’re already seeing improvement in new coronavirus cases now that the largest surrounding counties have reinstated their mask mandates.
Nashville leaders say they have no interest in going back to a lockdown. They believe getting more people to follow current rules — especially mask wearing — will bring the coronavirus back under control.
Nearly every part of the state has seen hospitalizations grow this month, but the most dramatic growth is in hospitals that pull patients from places without mask requirements.
Three Middle Tennessee counties announced reinstated mask mandates Thursday as cases of the coronavirus — and hospitalizations — are again rising.
Gov. Bill Lee will remain in quarantine for another week and is defending times when he has been seen in public without a mask in public, amid a new ad campaign to encourage mask-wearing.
Nashville businesses are embracing the city’s mask mandate as a way to avoid shutting down again. Two were featured at Metro’s weekly COVID-19 press briefing Thursday, expressing their commitment to enforcing the rules among customers.
The city of Murfreesboro has canceled a requirement to wear masks in its buildings, following the lead of Rutherford County, which ended its mandate Tuesday.
The Metro Nashville Police Department issued its first citation for a mask violation on Lower Broadway on Wednesday night. They cited and arrested a 61-year-old Black homeless man, promoting immediate criticism. The charge was later dropped.