The White House Coronavirus Task Force has reportedly told officials in Tennessee a statewide mask mandate must be implemented to slow down its growing spread of COVID-19.
Their report takes a strong tone in getting Tennessee to act. Governor Bill Lee said he did not think facial coverings should be required across the state. Lee, who has urged people to wear masks, continued to advise against a statewide mandate last Friday.
The governor’s office released a statement released a statement late Friday regarding the task force report:
“The governor has strongly encouraged Tennesseans to make responsible decisions to protect themselves and others from COVID-19, including wearing masks in public, avoiding large gatherings, and staying home when sick,” the statement said. “The governor’s view has not changed based upon non-binding recommendations from the federal government. Previous White House reports dating back to the summer have included similar recommendations, so the inclusion here is not novel.”
Tennessee is presently seeing a steady rise in coronavirus cases again, especially in rural areas.