Greene County mayor plans to issue mask mandate


GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — Greene County Mayor Kevin Morrison tells News Channel 11 that he plans to issue a mandate requiring the use of face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Morrison said his plan is to enact a mask mandate for the county beginning Wednesday morning.

“After careful consideration and receiving very alarming and troubling statistics from Ballad Health system on the near tripling of hospitalization cases in our area, along with the fact that our school officials are working diligently to open schools, and as we look to keep businesses open and our economy from closing once again, it is necessary to enact a mask mandate or facial covering mandate for Greene County to assist in curbing the dramatic rise in cases across our community,” Morrison said in a message.

Greene County would become the third Northeast Tennessee county to issue a mask mandate, following similar moves by Sullivan and Washington counties.

Ballad Health sent a letter to local mayors on Monday encouraging them to enact mask mandates.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Coronavirus COVID-19 videos

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee talks about school reopening guidance and high school sports

Air travel not expected to recover until 2024

Fed wrestles with its next moves as virus stalls US economy

Dr. Deborah Birx urges Tennesseans to wear masks

Cocke County Schools delay start of fall semester

Oak Ridge Schools: Jefferson Middle staff member tests positive for COVID-19

Gov. Lee allows contact sports to resume

Local educators react to governor's recommendations for reopening schools

Ice Bears season start pushed back

ETSU releases fall semester plans

Survey shows more Knox County teachers prefer virtual class

Concerns remain for parents of special education students

Residents, staff test positive for COVID-19 at Oak Ridge senior living facility

Medic screening all donors for COVID-19 antibodies

University of Tennesse Athletic Director Phillip Fulmer says 'OK, team, we’re gonna win this one,'

Regal Cinemas new reopening date is Aug. 21

Sevier County schools to discuss reopening Monday

Pelosi: GOP in 'disarray' over COVID rescue bill

Positive COVID-19 case at Alcoa Middle School

McEnany: Schools, teachers considered 'essential'

Trending Stories

WATE 6 On Your Side Twitter