Metro Nashville to distribute more masks to residents May 15-16

Volunteers will distribute free masks to residents in a drive-thru setting May 15-16. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Volunteers will distribute free masks to residents in a drive-thru setting May 15-16. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Volunteers will distribute free masks to residents in a drive-thru setting May 15-16. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The Metro Public Health Department will distribute cloth face masks to residents May 15-16 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the region.

Volunteers will hand out masks on both days between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 1417 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, according to officials. Masks can be picked up at no charge in a drive-thru setting.

Gov. Bill Lee announced May 5 the state has secured a partnership with Renfro Corp. to provide more than five million cloth masks to Tennessee residents. Last week, Metro Nashville distributed its first shipment of 25,000 masks in a single day, according to Mayor John Cooper.

“I urge everyone to take steps to protect themselves whenever you’re out in public,” Cooper said at the May 14 coronavirus task force meeting. “This includes maintaining a safe distance from others, wearing face coverings and practicing frequent hand washing.”

The health department issued an order May 1 urging all residents to wear masks or cloth face coverings in public.


According to the order, businesses should require employees to wear masks or face coverings and post signage at all public entrances encouraging customers to wear masks while inside. The order is set to expire at midnight May 31 but may be extended, according to city officials.

Find more information from the CDC on cloth masks here.


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