Rutherford County, TN—Over the weekend, Dr. Michael Caldwell, Director of the Metro Public Health Department issued Public Health Order 8 that mandates the use of facial coverings or masks in Davidson County. The Order took effect Monday, June 29 at 12:01 a.m.
“Governor Lee’s executive order recommends, but does not require, that individuals use face masks in public places when social distancing is impracticable,” said City of Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland. “Rutherford County and the jurisdictions within cannot issue a public health order stricter than, or in any way different from, the Governor’s order.”
“What we can do is strongly recommend that businesses and individuals follow these guidelines, including wearing a face mask or some version of a face covering in public places,” said Town of Smyrna Mayor Mary Esther Reed. “This protective measure, along with others such as appropriate social distancing and safety precautions consistent with CDC guidelines, are the keys to slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.”
City of La Vergne Mayor Jason Cole shared concern over the recent rise in cases, “The numbers are a reflection of our communities not being ready for ‘business as usual’. We need to remain vigilant about taking these precautions as they significantly reduce our exposure to the virus.”
“Although we cannot implement or enforce a mask mandate,” said Ketron, “we can continue sharing safety messages with our citizens in hopes that personal and professional responsibility prevail.”
“We are confident that our citizens and businesses want to get back to a state of normalcy soon. We share that sentiment,” said Reed, “but it’s going to take everyone doing their part.”
McFarland reminds the public about the availability of free face masks at the Rutherford County Health Department, “Free masks are available at both Rutherford County Health department locations Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.”
The Mayors’ Caucus collectively wants what is best for the citizens and visitors of Rutherford County. Maintain your space. Cover your face. Help us remain #RutherfordCountyStrong!