Following consultations with the Mayor's office and the Metro Public Health Department, Metro Nashville Police Department officers will begin actively enforcing the city's mandatory mask order on July 15, according to a news release.

Although the MNPD will enforce the order throughout the city, the department said it will have dedicated teams on Broadway from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m., as recent heat maps of active COVID-19 cases show a high concentration in downtown Nashville.

Individuals not in compliance with the order will be subject to a civil citation, which could result in a $50 fine, according to the release. Officials said those who refuse to sign civil citations will be subject to misdemeanor citations.

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.

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.

Officers began issuing citizen advisory notices in late June to individuals who are not wearing masks or face coverings in indoor and outdoor public spaces.

As of July 15, Davidson County has reported a total of 15,456 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including 5,436 active cases. There have been 143 COVID-19-related deaths in Davidson County.