Note: This story was updated at 9:05 p.m.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee on Friday granted county mayors in most of Tennessee to require or recommend face masks.
The governor’s order, Executive Order 54, is meant to allow county mayors to respond to significant increases in COVID-19 cases.
Tennessee’s densely populated areas, including the Memphis and Nashville areas, continue to have many of the state’s COVID-19 cases.
But local governments want more flexibility to respond to rising cases, and that includes “setting stronger expectations around masks,” Lee said in a press release Friday evening.
“This targeted approach ensures we protect both lives and livelihoods and safely keep our economy open in Tennessee,” the governor said. “We encourage every Tennessean across the state to use a face covering or mask, make sure to socially distance, and wash hands frequently.”[Read more…]