The Metro Nashville Board of Health unanimously voted to approve a mandate that requires citizens in Nashville to wear masks in public during a special session on June 26.
“Every day saves lives,” board Chairman Alex Jahangir said. “I think the sooner, the better, but I think a couple of days is adequate. ... Every day we wait, people die.”
The specifics of the mandate, such as if face masks will still be required in restaurants or while individuals are exercising in parks as well as the specifics of enforcing the mandate, are going to be worked out over the course of the next 48 hours by the department of health, according to the adopted resolution.
The approved mandate comes at a time when coronavirus cases increased by 1,400 over the past 24 hours, according to daily updates from the Tennessee Department of Health, and when active cases have seen a resurgence in states such as Texas and Florida.