If and when Metro Nashville Police officers see people in public not wearing a face covering or a mask they will react and approach them.
But they will only hand those people a printed advisory explaining the Metro Public Health Department’s new order fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Officers have been instructed to educate and warn citizens concerning the requirement until further notice,” according to a press release that city officials published this week.
The order requires that people in Davidson County wear face coverings or masks. People do not have to wear them in either their residence or another person’s residence or in their own vehicle.
City officials will also not require a face covering under the following settings and circumstances:
- By any child aged 12 years or less. Any child aged two years or less shall not wear a face covering because of the risk of suffocation. Parents and caregivers must supervise use of face coverings by children to avoid misuse, according to the order.
- By persons who cannot medically tolerate wearing a face covering. No person declining to wear a face covering because of a medical condition will have to produce verifying medical documentation, according to the order.
- Within educational institutions, public and private K-12 schools, private colleges and universities, trade schools, post-secondary, and technical colleges, provided K-12 schools comply with the conditions in Nashville Plan: A Framework for a Safe, Efficient and Equitable Return to School, as outlined athttps://news.mnps.org/nashvilles-plan-for-reopening-schools/
- By persons working alone in separate office spaces or in non-public workplaces that have more than adequate area for social distancing based on the size of and number of people in the space (either indoors or outdoors). Such persons must wear a face covering when interacting with others in groups of six or more persons or in groups of any size where people cannot maintain social distancing of more than six feet.
As The Tennessee Star reported last week, Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced Nashville entered Phase Three of a four-phased plan to reopen the city after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States. This, despite Nashville officials saying they have tallied higher numbers of the virus.
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