Mandatory Masks Starts Today In Nashville

(l to r) Woody, Jim, photo from TN.GOV

(l to r) Woody, Jim, photo from TN.GOV

Beginning Sunday evening, wearing masks in public is mandatory in Nashville.

Friday, the Metro Board of Health held a meeting in which they mandated people wear masks in public (indoors and out). The order must go into effect within 48 hours. That means it will take effect later today. The Nashville Department of Health, led by Chairman Dr. Alex Jahangir, urged the wearing of masks in public indoor settings like restaurants, stores, and gyms. They said not implementing the order will cost human lives.

“Economically we need to do this. If we can’t reduce the rate of COVID it’s going to impair the further opening of businesses and people getting back to work.” - Board member/Nashville Psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Campbell (in a statement to the board)

What is not clear right now is how the order will be enforced.

Comments on Mayor John Cooper’s Facebook page have generally been in support of mandatory masks. But not all are behind it: