Rutherford County is reinstating its mask mandate joining a growing list of counties, who have done the same thing in recent weeks. 

Rutherford Counties to reinstate mask mandate starting Wednesday night

The face covering order will become effective on Wednesday at 11:59 p.m., according to Mayor Bill Ketron. The order will be in effect until further notice. 

“This is not a decision that I make lightly,” Ketron said in a statement on Monday. “Our cases in this county hit a record spike over the weekend, with the data indicating a higher transmission rate than that we experienced in late July.”

Ketron cited current COVID cases, which "2.8 times the level in early September, with the 7-day average positive rate also doubling since that time."

“These figures are too significant to overlook,” Ketron said. “Hospital officials are beginning to see the number of cases in-house similar to the height of the first wave. We have to act now." 

The governor gave the individual counties the authority to implement their own mask mandates.

“We will continue to monitor our local data daily, assess trends, and consult experts to determine the duration of the order,” Ketron said. “We must do everything we possibly can to keep our schools and our businesses open and our hospitals functioning at normal capacity.”

Rutherford County joins Sumner, Wilson and Williamson counties as all their mayors have reinstated mask mandates after an increase in COVID-19 cases. The mask mandates for Sumner, Wilson and Williamson counties are through the end of the year.

“While I understand that there are conflicting opinions on face coverings, there is overwhelming evidence supporting that masking, in combination with other preventative actions, is the key to slowing the spread,” Ketron said.

Tennessee counties with and without mask mandates

 
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed an executive order allowing county mayors in 89 of Tennessee's 95 counties to institute a mask mandate in their counties. This order is set to end Oct. 30, 2020. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
County Mask Mandate (yes, no)
Bedford
Benton
Cannon
Cheatham No
Clay
Coffee
Cumberland
Davidson Yes
Decatur
DeKalb No
Dickson No
Franklin
Giles
Grundy
Henry Yes
Hickman No
Houston
Humphreys No
Jackson No
Lawrence
Lewis
Lincoln
Macon
Marshall
Maury No
Montgomery Yes
Moore
Overton
Perry
Pickett
Putnam No
Robertson Yes
Rutherford Yes
Smith
Stewart
Sumner Yes
Tennessee (statewide) No
Trousdale
Van Buren
Warren Yes
Wayne Yes
White
Williamson Yes
Wilson Yes
 
 

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