UNICOI COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Unicoi County has joined most other Northeast Tennessee counties in extending its mask mandate through August 29.
According to an executive order from Unicoi County Mayor Garland “Bubba” Evely, Unicoi County has extended its mask mandate through August 29.
Mayor Evely told News Channel 11 that August 29 is the furthest it can be extended to under Governor Bill Lee’s executive orders.
The actual order extending the mandate was released on Monday, August 17.
The order was originally set to expire on Monday.
Evely said if Governor Lee grants more authority, the county will evaluate its current COVID-19 standing close to August 29 to decide if they will allow the mandate to expire or further extend it.
The order does not extend to children under the age of 12, anyone with trouble breathing, those working in conditions where social distancing is maintainable or those in situations where wearing a face covering would pose a safety or security risk.
You can read the full executive order below: