NASHVILLE, TENN. (WSMV) - Counties surrounding Nashville have let their mask mandates expire, despite Governor Lee's extended executive order. 

The governor's order allowed mayor's in 89 of Tennessee's counties to implement their own mandates as they saw fit. Governor Lee extended the order through October on Tuesday.

The mayors will have the option to bring their mandates back if they change their mind. 

Davidson County operates separately from the governor, as one of the five Metro areas in the state with its own health department, and still has a mask mandate in effect.

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 April 28, 2021.

County Mask Mandate (yes, no)
Bedford
Benton
Cannon
Cheatham No
Clay
Coffee
Cumberland
Davidson Yes
Decatur
DeKalb No
Dickson No
Franklin
Giles
Grundy
Henry Through March 27
Hickman No
Houston
Humphreys No
Jackson No
Lawrence
Lewis
Lincoln
Macon
Marshall
Maury No
Montgomery Through March 19, 11:59 p.m.
Moore
Overton
Perry
Pickett
Putnam No
Robertson No
Rutherford No
Smith
Stewart
Sumner Through April 28
Tennessee (statewide) No
Trousdale
Van Buren
Warren
Wayne
White
Williamson No
Wilson Yes

The worry about the impact of other county decisions isn't new for Nashville, and the Dr. Michael Caldwell, director of Metro's Health Department, doesn't think changes to surrounding county restrictions will change that.

Dr. Caldwell says travel between counties has been a concern since the pandemic began. 

“We of course are not an island here in Nashville, Davidson County and we know this is something that we have recognized has been going on for the last 6 months up and down so we are always impacted by each others actions," he said.

With most of the city's metrics in green and a mask mandate in place, tomorrow Nashville will move into Phase Three of its reopening plan.

Phase Three will allow restaurants and bars to operate at 50 percent capacity, with groups of eight allowed to be seated. 

These businesses can also stay open until 11 p.m. starting tomorrow. Live music will also be allowed, but no large events can take place without prior approval from the health department. 

 

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