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Dr. Michael Caldwell, Chief Medical Director of Health Revises Public Health Order 4

05/11/20

MEDIA CONTACT: Brian Todd, Metro Public Health Department, 615-340-2153

 Dr. Michael Caldwell, Chief Medical Director of Health  Revises Public Health Order 4

Requires Employees to Wear Facial Coverings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. May 11, 2020 – Metro Public Health Department Director Dr. Michael Caldwell has revised Public Health Order 4 to require all employees who interact with the public, or who cannot maintain a safe social distance from their co-workers, to wear a face covering or mask.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cloth masks are helpful in limiting the spread of the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19, especially for those who are infected with virus but do not exhibit symptoms.

Public Health Order 4 directs businesses and facilities that are open to the public to place signage at all entrances, asking the public to wear a cloth facial covering. Exact wording for the signage is included in the order. All those who can safely wear a mask should be encouraged to do so by those operating the business or facility.

The Public Health Order also instructs people in public to wear cloth face coverings or masks. These masks should cover the mouth and nose of the wearer when in public settings. All people who can safely wear a facial covering are instructed to do so when in public settings. Children younger than two years old should not wear a facial covering, nor should others of any age for whom wearing a mask would be contrary to the health or safety of the wearer.

N95 respirators and surgical masks should be reserved for healthcare workers or other medical first responders, as recommended by the CDC. Recommended cloth facial coverings can be made from common household materials at no or limited cost.

The Metro Public Health Department will use all available enforcement options to ensure compliance with the Order. Enforcement is being carried out through the joint efforts of MPHD, the Metro Nashville Police Department and Metro Parks and Recreation.

The revised Public Health Order 4 took affect today at 12:01 AM CDT and will remain in effect through 11:59 p.m. on May 31, unless otherwise extended.

For more information visit the COVID19.nashville.gov website.