Sumner County Mayor Anthony Holt has extended a mask mandate in Sumner County through Feb. 27, 2021.
“Sumner County is still experiencing a substantial increase in the number of active COVID-19 cases,” Holt announced just before Christmas. “After continued discussions with local hospital administrators, health professionals and our local health department, I have decided that it is in the best interest for the safety of our citizens to extend the Executive Order to wear face coverings in public places in Sumner County.”
Sumner County has seen a total of more than 14,000 cases including 190 deaths, according the latest Tennessee Department of Health numbers.
The Sumner County Health Department began administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to first responders, home health care professionals and school nurses on Monday, Dec. 21.
“While the vaccine is beginning to make its way into our community, this virus is still here and continues to pose a risk to everyone, especially during flu season,” said Holt.
“It is important that we continue to take steps to slow the spread of the virus in order to prevent continued detrimental effects on our everyday lives. Businesses need to remain fully operational, citizens need to be able to continue to perform their daily activities, schools need to remain open, and our hospitals need to have adequate capacity to treat those that are in need of care.”
Holt reminded citizens to continue to follow social distancing guidelines, wash hands frequently, wear face coverings when not able to practice safe social distancing and stay home when they are sick.
According to the order, all Sumner County residents and visitors are required to wear masks when in public places.
The mandate excludes children under the age of 12, anyone who has trouble breathing or anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
Face coverings 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.
Gov. Bill Lee has resisted issuing a statewide mask mandate and previously signed legislation that allows local mayors to enact such mandates. Lee signed Executive Order 73 on Dec. 22, extending the time that mayors may require masks to be worn through Feb. 27.