CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett signed Emergency Order #27 on Friday, extending the mandate for all Montgomery County residents to wear face masks in public in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The order includes a declaration of a public health emergency and comes after continuing discussions with the local health department and emergency services directors, and City of Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts and several other mayors in Middle Tennessee.
“We want to make sure that our most vulnerable population, those 65-and-older who want a COVID-19 vaccination, are fully vaccinated before considering a change in the mask mandate.” Mayor Durrett said. “We have seen a significant downward trend with fewer deaths and cases per capita than every county that touches Montgomery County and we are the only one with a mask mandate.”
The latest order, the fifth extension of Mayor Durrett’s original order, requires Clarksville and Montgomery County residents and visitors to wear cloth or other face coverings when in public that cover the nose and mouth of a person to impede the spread of the coronavirus during speaking, coughing, sneezing or other action.
Face coverings must be worn in these areas:
Public areas of commercial business establishments.
Public areas of all Montgomery County, City of Clarksville and Clarksville-Montgomery County School System facilities.
Public outdoor areas where social distancing of at least 6 feet cannot be maintained.
Public areas of business offices where there is direct interaction with the public and social distancing of at least 6 feet cannot be maintained.
The order also requires businesses open to the public to post a sign requiring masks at all public entrances. The sign can be found on the Montgomery County website, https://mcgtn.org.
The local mandate will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Sunda, Feb. 28 and will expire at 11:59 p.m. on March 27. This mandate will replace Emergency Order #25 which expires 11:59 p.m. Friday, Jan 29. Gov. Bill Lee’s Executive Order #77 extends authority for county mayors to issue emergency orders regarding mask mandates through Feb. 27.
Exceptions for wearing face-coverings, as outlined in Governor Lee’s Executive Order 54, include:
Persons within one's residence or automobile, unless transporting others for hire.
Children 12 years of age or younger.
Persons who have trouble breathing because of an underlying health condition or another bona fide medical or health-related reason for not wearing a face-covering.
Someone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face-covering without assistance.
While eating or drinking.
While outdoors, unless the person cannot substantially maintain appropriate social distancing from others outside of the person's household.
While working under conditions where appropriate social distancing from others outside of the person's household is substantially maintained.
In situations in which wearing a face-covering poses a safety or security risk.
While in a house of worship unless required by that house of worship, but wearing a face covering in such locations is strongly encouraged.
The Montgomery County Government web site and the www.cityofclarksville.com have a host of COVID-19 related information, advice and previous mandates. You can also call 931-648-5787 with questions.
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