As cases of the coronavirus climb statewide, local leaders across Tennessee are wrestling with how to reduce the spread, and reacting to limitations that prevent them from mandating masks like in Nashville.
Nashville’s mask mandate takes effect at midnight, according to the order signed Sunday afternoon by chief medical director Michael Caldwell. The requirement applies both inside and outside in public places, and violations are punishable with civil and criminal penalties, up to a class C misdemeanor.
The Metro Board of Health voted unanimously this afternoon to require a face covering in public. The specific rules will be drafted in the next 48 hours and likely implemented by Monday.
Tennesseans have proven to be among the least willing to wear masks in public, according to newly released state-by-state data. So more public officials are pleading with residents to mask up, as a last hope to stop the resurgence of COVID-19.
Cities around the country are beginning to mandate masks, but Nashville’s top officials are satisfied with simply recommending facial coverings.
Mask wearing has become another source of division in Tennessee and across the U.S.
As children return to preschools, day cares and summer camps, many will be asked to wear face coverings. So parents are wondering: How, exactly, does that work?
For many, mask-wearing is a brief experience while running errands. But how does it feel to wear a mask for hours — and to be one of the only people covered up in the middle of a crowd of nearly a thousand people?
Terry Proffitt sews her own masks. And she’s come up with makeshift ideas from simple household items. But, really, she hopes someone comes up with a mask so great that more people will be willing to wear it.
Stay inside or go out? See one friend or five? And, what about wearing a mask? As the black-and-white guidelines of the safer at home orders lift in Nashville and the state, the decision for residents has become a moral one.