Some places, like Los Angeles and Kansas City are already reinstating mask mandates as the delta variant of the coronavirus takes hold. But in Nashville, that’s not in the cards.
Lee also does not plan to call for making the COVID vaccine a requirement for children to attend school.
The masks are coming off after all in Nashville — for those who are vaccinated. The latest shift in pandemic guidance came Thursday, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks.
Last week, Gov. Bill Lee removed the authority of most of Tennessee’s county mayors to impose mask mandates in their local communities. But what does that mean for schools?
Tennessee’s 89 counties where the state controls the local health departments no longer have the authority to issue local mask mandates.
Masks are no longer required outdoors in Nashville, though it was always a difficult requirement to enforce.
Nashville’s Board of Health has not debated when to relax mask requirements, but there is a discussion about loosening mask rules in open-air situations.
Masks and social distancing are proving to have some major fringe benefits by keeping people from getting all kinds of illnesses — not just COVID-19. But it’s unclear whether the protocols will be worth the pain in the long run.
Some Middle Tennessee counties, including Rutherford and Williamson, are letting their mask mandates expire, following a recent plunge in new and active cases.
The country’s largest hospital chain is getting into the manufacturing business. Nashville-based HCA says it’s entered into a new joint venture with a health care products manufacturer to make masks, gloves and gowns in North Carolina.