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.
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.