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Gov. Lee continues to resist statewide mask mandate

Governor Bill Lee confirmed Tuesday during a media briefing that he was still not looking at a statewide mask mandate policy.
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Published: Aug. 11, 2020 at 5:28 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Governor Bill Lee confirmed Tuesday during a media briefing that he was still not looking at a statewide mask mandate policy.

He made the comment August 11 during a media briefing, saying that 70 percent of Tennesseans were already under some sort of mask policy in their own community.

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Posted by WVLT on Tuesday, August 11, 2020

“I think ... local buy-in is what gets folks to wear masks,” he said, adding that it was “a lot more compelling than a state dictate.”

According to a study released by Vanderbilt, Tennessee counties that have implemented a mask mandate are more likely to see lower COVID-19 hospitalizations.

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