Jim Durrett

Jim Durrett

Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett extended an executive order to wear masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The order in place is set to expire Aug. 3, though could be extended.

The order was in response to the continual cases confirmed in Montgomery County.

On Tuesday, there were 1,482 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery County since March 6, according to the county’s health department.

Reports indicated 585 people have since recovered, but there were 888 active cases.

Nine deaths were reported.

Negative lab results were returned to 21,495 people tested in Montgomery County.

In Tennessee, 99,044 cases were confirmed as of Tuesday with 999 deaths.

There were 59,760 recoveries reported as of Tuesday in Tennessee.

Mask order details

Durrett’s executive order said masks should cover the nose and mouth of a person to impede the spread of the virus during speaking, coughing, sneezing or other action.

It is required within all publicly accessible areas of commercial business establishments; in public outdoor areas where social distancing of at least 6 feet cannot be maintained; and within the publicly accessible areas of business offices where there is direct interaction with the public, and social distancing of at least 6 feet cannot be maintained.

Additionally, the order said businesses and facilities shall post signs at public entrances to inform patrons of the requirement to wear a mask within the establishment and shall enforce the requirement within the establishment.

Mask-wearing exceptions

Exceptions under the emergency order are:

• any person who is 12 years old or under.

• any person who cannot safely wear a face covering because he or she has trouble breathing due to an underlying health condition or another bona fide medical or health-related reason for not wearing a face covering.

• anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance.

• people in a private home.

• people who are outdoors, unless the person cannot substantially maintain appropriate 6-foot social distancing from others outside of the person's home.

• while eating or drinking;

• while in a place of worship or participating in any type of religious ceremony or activity attendant thereto, unless a face-covering is required by the place of worship or other location where the religious ceremony is taking place, although people in places of worship or otherwise participate in religious ceremonies or activities attendant thereto are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19.

• people within private motor vehicles, unless such vehicle is used for public transportation or a vehicle for hire.

• people who work in conditions where appropriate social distancing of at least 6 feet from others outside the person's household is substantially maintained.

• people present in government facilities or on government premises, who shall be subject to the rules and regulations of the governmental entity operating the facility or premises.

• people present in the public areas of all Montgomery County government facilities will wear cloth or other face-coverings, subject to the age and health restrictions outlined herein and subject to number.

• other local governmental entities may issue their own directives regarding their facilities.

• people in a voting site for the purpose of voting or administering an election, although such people are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19.

• people who engage in strenuous exercise and/or physical activity, provided, however, that such people shall maintain 6-foot social distancing when not wearing a face covering.

• people for whom wear a face-covering would pose a safety or security risk.

For more information about Montgomery County services and COVID-19 information, call 931-648-5787.

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