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File #: BL2021-872    Name:
Type: Bill (Ordinance) Status: Third Reading
File created: 8/16/2021 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 8/15/2023 Final action: 10/5/2021
Title: An ordinance to require masks be worn by all individuals in public spaces, as further described herein.
Sponsors: Joy Styles, Sharon Hurt, Sandra Sepulveda, Emily Benedict, Russ Bradford
An ordinance to require masks be worn by all individuals in public spaces, as further described herein.

WHEREAS, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic as of March 15, 2020; and,

WHEREAS, states of emergency have been declared by the President of the United States, the Governor of Tennessee, and the Mayor of Nashville and Davidson County, and continue to exist; and,

WHEREAS, the Metropolitan Council finds that the coronavirus remains a threat in Nashville and Davidson County; and,

WHEREAS, on July 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their guidance to recommend that fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission of COVID-19, in light of new evidence concerning the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, Nashville and Davidson County is classified as an area of high transmission. As of August 12, 2021, there were 3,754 active cases of COVID-19, a 38% increase over the prior week; and

WHEREAS, new hospital admissions were up over 53% as of August 9, 2021, with the percentage of hospital beds used for COVID and the percentage of ICU beds used for COVID on the rise; and

WHEREAS, less than half of the people in Davidson County are fully vaccinated, putting the majority of Davidson County residents at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, especially the highly contagious Delta variant; and

WHEREAS, while fully vaccinated people are less likely to become infected with COVID-19, and infections of COVID-19 are usually mild in those who are fully vaccinated, fully vaccinated people can still be infected with the Delta variant and can spread the virus to others; and

WHEREAS, children under the age of 12 are not currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, and cases of children contracting COVID-19, along with all other age groups, are on the rise; and

WHEREAS, due to the high leve...

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