CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Carter County will soon join three other Northeast Tennessee counties with a mask mandate.
According to Mayor Rusty Barnett, the mask mandate goes into effect 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 17.
According to the mandate, face coverings are required to be worn over the mouth and nose of all county residents while inside or on grounds of all government buildings, private businesses, organizations or venues open to the public.
The mandate says the coverings can be commercially sold masks made from cloth or similar materials as well as homemade masks or scarfs.
Social distancing is still to be maintained under the order.
Children ages 12 and under are exempt from wearing the coverings, as are people with underlying health conditions or medical-related reasons.
Residents are not required to wear masks while they are eating or drinking, in their vehicles (unless transporting others for hire), or while outside and able to practice social distancing.
Under Governor Lee’s executive orders, houses of worship are exempt from such mandates, the Carter County mask mandate highly encourages them to also wear masks.
The mandate is to remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on August 3.
You can read the full mandate by downloading the executive order below.
Mask mandates went into effect in Sullivan County on Sunday and Washington County Tuesday.
Greene County’s mask mandate will go into effect on Wednesday.
Johnson County Mayor Mike Taylor told News Channel 11, “I maintain close communication with our healthcare professionals and I will continue to monitor our daily COVID-19 case activity. As of today, I strongly encourage residents to wear masks especially in areas where social distancing is limited. I do, however, trust the citizens of Johnson County to make the right decision regarding their health and the health of their families.”
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