“It was a hard decision” — Roane County mayor issues mask mandate

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The order is in effect through Dec. 29

KINGSTON, Tenn. (WATE) – Mask up, Roane County. That’s the message from Mayor Ron Woody in a video posted on social media Monday.

“I hope the community will take this order without causing more divisions among our citizens, Woody said.

The mayor said Roane County’s numbers of positive cases and deaths have risen over the past month. As of November 16, reports from the county show an average of 40 positive cases over a five day period. So far, they’ve had 14 deaths.

“Our numbers are skyrocketing quite frankly,” Woody said.

Mayor Woody says the decision was not easy and there’s some division within the community because of it.

“It was a hard decision on my part, probably one of the hardest I have made in my administration. I am an accountant, CPA. I am not a medical doctor and I wish we had more support in that area,” Woody said.

Woody says his executive order will mirror what the Governor already has in place, meaning masks will not be required for children 12 or younger, those with medical conditions or inside of religious venues.

As far as enforcement goes, Woody says he’s leaving that up to the city mayors and their police departments.

The mandate is in effect immediately and will go until Dec. 29, but Woody cautions that could be extended or changed if any action is taken this week by the governor’s office.

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