Governor Bill Lee intends to extend an executive order that allows the majority of Tennessee’s counties the option to require face coverings. The measure is set to expire at the end of the October. Gillum Ferguson, Lee’s spokesman, confirmed Monday the executive order will be extended until the end of the year.
Regardless of the extension, the Governor’s office says COVID-19 Guidelines are not changing statewide. The statement came after a White House report recommended Tennessee implement a state-wide mask mandate.
Meanwhile, the state’s six larger metro counties with locally governed health departments already had authority to implement their own COVID-19 restrictions, including mask mandates. Lee has resisted calls to implement a statewide mask mandate.