On June 28, Michael Caldwell, the Metro Nashville public health director, issued Public Health Order 8, requiring all residents to wear masks or facial coverings in public beginning June 29.
Officers will distribute printed advisories until further notice in an effort to educate and warn citizens about the mandate, MNPD said in the release.
“Face coverings help slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives,” Nashville Mayor John Cooper said in a release. “The health of our community requires every Nashvillian to do their part. While our testing capacity continues to grow, the coronavirus remains a largely invisible threat. So, it’s vital that all who live and work in Davidson County maintain healthy habits.”
According to the health order, masks or face coverings must be worn in both indoor and outdoor public spaces but will not be required if one of the following conditions applies:
- for children age 12 or younger;
- in outdoor spaces while at least 6 feet away from others who do not reside in your household or are related to you;
- if outdoors while engaging in recreation or work;
- if you are unable to medically tolerate wearing a mask or face covering;
- if you are within your motor vehicle;
- if you are within an educational institution;
- if you are working alone in an office space separate from others;
- if you are in a place or situation where wearing a mask poses a safety or security risk;
- while eating or drinking in a restaurant or other food or beverage establishment;
- while in a place of worship; or
- while in a building leased or owned by the state or federal government.
The health order comes after the Metro Nashville Board of Health voted to approve a mandate that requires citizens in Nashville to wear masks in public during a special session June 26. The board expressed support for the mask mandate as an alternative to returning to previous phases of Nashville's Roadmap to Reopening, which allowed many businesses to reopen in recent weeks.