Sumner County Mayor Anthony Holt has extended a countywide mask mandate through April 28.
In a prepared statement Friday, Holt acknowledged recent declines in the overall number of reported Covid-19 cases across the county but added his decision to further extend the mandate was made after consulting with local medical professionals.
“While the infection rate is down considerably and we are making progress in vaccinating the citizens of our community, the virus is still here and it is important that we do what we can to continue to slow the spread until more citizens are vaccinated,” Holt said. “It is for (this) reason that I have decided that it is in the best interest of public safety to extend the executive order to wear face coverings in public places in Sumner County.”
According to the order, middle and high school students along with all staff will continue to be required to wear face coverings while at all public-school facilities. Elementary school students are also strongly encouraged to wear one while at school.
The mandate does not apply to children 12 years of age or younger, anyone who has trouble breathing or anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
Face coverings also do not have to be worn while outdoors unless social distancing cannot be properly maintained or in a house of worship unless the facility requires it.
As of Monday afternoon, Sumner County had seen more than 21,350 cases of Covid-19 along with 315 deaths from the virus, according to data from the Tennessee Department of Health. There had been 273 new infections reported within the previous seven days.
So far, more than 32,560 vaccine doses have been administered countywide.
Gov. Bill Lee extended an executive order last week giving 89 county mayors across the state the authority to issue their own local face covering requirements. The remaining six counties with locally-run health departments – Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, Madison, Shelby and Sullivan – already had the authority to issue similar mandates.