In Wednesday night’s Knox County Board of Health Meeting, the board passed the “COVID-19 Face Covering Regulation” requiring face coverings to be worn in all public places across Knox County.
The regulation passed on a 7-1 vote with the only dissenting vote coming from Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs. During his weekly update on Thursday, Jacobs defended his vote.
“I worry that one-size-fits-all mandates such as this set a terrible precedent for government overreach,” Jacobs explained. “They are difficult to enforce and they can cause a conflict between the authorities and the public when enforced. As written, this order places enforcement responsibilities on private businesses.”
“Finally, there are potential privacy concerns as folks who cannot comply due to a medical condition could be compelled to disclose personal medical information which is a violation of federal law. I also worry that folks who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition will be stigmatized.”