Montgomery County, TN – On Friday, October 30th, 2020, Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett signed Emergency Order #22 extending Emergency Order #21 to restore the wearing of face masks by all residents in Montgomery County.
This emergency order includes a declaration of public health emergency and comes after discussions with the local health department and emergency services directors, Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts as well as several mayors in Middle Tennessee. Exceptions to the mandate are listed in the latter part of this news release.
Emergency Order #21 states cloth or other face coverings that cover the nose and mouth of a person to impede the spread of the virus during speaking, coughing, sneezing or other action, shall be required in Montgomery County, Tennessee.
Face coverings shall be worn within all publicly-accessible areas of commercial business establishments; persons present in the public areas of all Montgomery County and City of Clarksville government facilities, including Clarksville-Montgomery County School System; public outdoor areas where social distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained and within publicly-accessible areas of business offices where there is direct interaction with the public and social distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained.
The order also requires any business open to the public to post a sign which can be found on the Montgomery County website, requiring masks on all public entrances.
The mandate will go into effect at 12:01am October 31st, 2020, and is set expire at 12:01am on November 20th, 2020. This mandate along with Emergency Order #21 will provide 21 days of data for Montgomery County.
The latest data for Montgomery County reveals the following:
- Active cases have more than doubled from 225 at the end of Sept. to 532 cases by October 26th.
- By Sept. 30, there were 46 total COVID-19 Coronavirus related deaths, and today, there are 57 COVID-19 related deaths.
- The average daily case rate doubled from 22 in September to 41 by October 26th.
- The latest 14-day average is 50 new cases per day.
- Cases hit a record high this weekend with 102 new cases reported on October 25th.
Exceptions for wearing face-coverings include the following as outlined in Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order #54:
- Within one’s residence or automobile, unless transporting others for hire;
- By a child twelve (12) years of age or younger;
- By someone who has trouble breathing due to an underlying health condition or another bona fide medical or health-related reason for not wearing a face-covering;
- By someone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face-covering without assistance;
- While eating or drinking;
- While outdoors, unless the person cannot substantially maintain appropriate social distancing from others outside of the person’s household;
- While working under conditions where appropriate social distancing from others outside of the person’s household is substantially maintained;
- In situations in which wearing a face-covering poses a safety or security risk;
- While in a house of worship unless required by that house of worship, but wearing a face covering in such locations is strongly encouraged; or
- While in a voting site for the purpose of voting or administering an election, but wearing a face covering in such locations is strongly encouraged.
COVID-19 Coronavirus tests are provided free of charge by the Montgomery County Health Department weekdays from 9:00am to 2:00pm at Civitan Park, located at 650 Bellamy Lane.
The Montgomery County Government web site has a host of COVID-19 Coronavirus related information, to include a COVID-19 Coronavirus dashboard, videos, signage, advice and previous mandates. You can also call 931.648.5787 for questions.