Nashville Mayor John Cooper signed an executive order Monday that requires anyone who enters a government building to wear a face mask.
Under the order, any employee or visitor must wear a face covering while inside any building or “indoor space” that is owned, managed, or leased by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.
“The health and well-being of all Metro employees and the residents who visit our facilities is of paramount importance. Executive Order 7 is an important tool in our citywide COVID-19 response,” Cooper said in a statement.
“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,” he added.
Metro employees who are working alone in their offices are exempted from the order. Exemptions are also made for children under the age of two, older children who can’t wear a mask properly or safely, and people who would jeopardize their health or safety by wearing a face mask.
Cooper said anyone who visits a Metro facility without a face mask will be provided with one. The Metro Public Health Department then announced Tuesday that it will be providing free face masks to the public at four drive-through centers throughout the city.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine attempted to institute a policy requiring all retail customers in the state to wear a face mask, but walked back the idea after admitting it was “a bridge too far.”
According to the Metro Public Health Department, Davidson County has had 4,390 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 1,369 active cases.
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