Knoxville Mayor Kincannon mandates masks inside city-owned buildings

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon has signed a new executive order which mandates masks be worn inside all city-owned buildings.

A news release from the mayor’s office says that the order comes following a week of significant increases in the number of new COVID-19 cases in Knox County.

This order will go into effect Wednesday, July 1, at all city-owned facilities including:

  • The Public Works Service Center
  • The Safety Building
  • The Convention Center
  • The Sunsphere
  • The World’s Fair Park Exhibition Center
  • Civic Coliseum and Auditorium
  • The Jacob Building
  • The Muse
  • Indoor spaces at Zoo Knoxville
  • The Knoxville Station Transit Center
  • The Administrative Building for Parks & Rec

Also, visitors coming to the City-County Building will also be asked to wear a mask for all city-related business.

“Wearing a mask is one thing we know will help mitigate the spread of this virus. Everyone should be wearing a mask inside all public buildings and in places where physical distancing is difficult.

It is just common courtesy. It is my responsibility to do everything I can to keep the people of Knoxville safe and that includes City employees and anyone doing business inside a City facility. I want to lead by example and I will continue to urge other leaders to take similar measures.”

Mayor Indya Kincannon

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