Mayor John Cooper issues order requiring employees, visitors to wear masks in city buildings

Employees and visitors must wear a mask or face covering inside any building owned or operated by Metro Nashville, according to the order. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Employees and visitors must wear a mask or face covering inside any building owned or operated by Metro Nashville, according to the order. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Employees and visitors must wear a mask or face covering inside any building owned or operated by Metro Nashville, according to the order. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Mayor John Cooper issued Executive Order No. 7 on May 18 requiring all employees and visitors to wear a mask or face covering inside any building owned or operated by Metro Nashville.

According to Cooper, city employees working alone in offices are not required to wear masks. The order, which will be in effect until at least May 31, also exempts children age 2 and under; older children who are unable to wear a mask properly or safely; and other residents that request exemptions.


“The health and well-being of all Metro employees and the residents who visit our facilities is of paramount importance,” Cooper said in a news release. “Executive Order No. 7 is an important tool in our citywide COVID-19 response. But I want to remind everyone to continue wearing face coverings in all public settings, keep a safe distance from others, and frequently wash your hands. A coordinated response is the best response, so we must remain united in our efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus and ensure a sustained economy reopening throughout Davidson County.”

Masks will be provided to visitors without face coverings, subject to availability, according to the release.

In late April, Cooper called on the Metro Nashville Public Health Department to issue an order 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.


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