Nashville Police to Begin Active Enforcement of Mask Order Wednesday

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 14, 2020) – Metro Nashville Police Department, in consultation with the Mayor’s Office and the Metropolitan Health Department, will begin active enforcement of the Health Department’s mandatory mask order effective Wednesday throughout the city, but with dedicated teams on Broadway downtown.

The most recent heat map of active COVID-19 cases shows a high concentration in the downtown core. Officers have been issuing citizen advisory notices to persons not in compliance with the mask order since June 29.

Teams of School Resource Officers (SROs) will be assigned to both sides of Broadway in shifts for 16 hours, 9am to 1am. Persons failing to comply with the mandatory mask order will be subject to a Metropolitan Government civil citation, which, upon adjudication by a General Sessions judge, could result in a $50 fine. A person who refuses to sign/accept a civil citation is subject to the issuance of a State of Tennessee misdemeanor citation (failure to comply with the Health Department’s order is also a Class C misdemeanor).

Four large Public Works Department trailered electronic signs have been placed on the sides of both east and westbound traffic lanes on Broadway, reminding persons that masks are required in Nashville. Limited exceptions include:

  • Children under the age of 13 (Children under the age of 3 should not wear face covering due to the risk of suffocation)
  • Persons who cannot medically tolerate a face covering (under the order such persons are not required to carry/produce verifying medical information)
  • Persons eating or drinking in public at a restaurant or other food establishment
  • Persons outdoors in public spaces UNLESS maintaining a physical distance of six feet from others is not feasible
  • When engaging in outdoor work or recreation, such as bicycling, walking, running, UNLESS maintaining a physical distance of six feet from others is not feasible

Persons entering or walking through interior common areas of buildings are required to wear face coverings. Medical grade masks are not required. Face coverings that shield the nose and mouth can be fashioned from scarves, bandanas or other fabrics.

Several Broadway businesses have masks for sale or provide complimentary ones to patrons, including:

  • Betty Boots
  • Trail West
  • Jason Aldean’s Kitchen
  • Rock Bottom Restaurant
  • Old Town Trolley
  • Boot Country
  • Margaritaville

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department is urging all residents and visitors to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by wearing face coverings, maintaining social distancing and frequently washing/sanitizing hands.

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Brian Sullivan is a reporter for Out & About Nashville. He has served nearly 2 decades in the television industry, with over 20 years experience as a print and broadcast journalist. Sullivan is an Emmy Award Winning producer, writer, lobbyist, activist and marketing strategist. He is active in several campaigns raising awareness in addiction treatment, equality and mental healthcare. He received recognition as a Nashville Emerging Leader of the Year at the NELA Awards. He is an Executive Board Member of the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee, a member of DrugFree Wilco, the Williamson County Anti-Drug Coalition, the Memphis Area Prevention Alliance, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Facing Addiction, Fed Up!, the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Center for Nonprofit Management, Music City Theatre Company, LGBTQI Nashvillians of Faith, Covenant of the Cross Ministries, Human Rights Campaign, HRC Nashville, Team Friendly Tennessee, Tennessee Equality Project, Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, Wilson County Anti-Drug Coalition, National Fraternal Order of Police, the Nashville Filmmakers Guild and is an ordained Minister. Sullivan is a proud donor of the Memphis Hope House, Nashville Cares, Covenant Cupboard Food Pantry, and Second Harvest Food Bank. He has worked extensively on projects with several major networks including Fox News Network, CNN, Time Magazine, Washington Post, New York Times, Inside Edition and Mic.