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Sevier County mask mandate to expire April 15

The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, Library and Public Works building will all continue to require face coverings.
Published: Apr. 13, 2021 at 4:46 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 14, 2021 at 6:36 PM EDT
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SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Sevier County mask mandate is set to expire on April 15 and officials say they will not extend the executive order.

According to county officials, the mask mandate will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday.

“Based on our decreasing positivity rate and the increase in vaccine availability, I feel it is an appropriate time to allow the executive order to expire,” said Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters. “However, people do have to make responsible decisions to keep themselves and others as safe as possible. I encourage everyone to continue wearing face coverings when social distancing is not possible.”

Sevier County businesses can still set their own regulations when it comes to face coverings. The Tennessee Supreme Court’s order requiring face coverings in certain government buildings, including the Sevier County Courthouse, will still apply.

The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, Library and Public Works building will all continue to require face coverings.

Mayor Waters issued the following statement:

“While the mandate appears to have had a positive impact on COVID-19 in Sevier County, I said from the beginning this was a temporary order,” Waters said. “We urge our citizens and visitors to follow the Tennessee Pledge and CDC guidelines to keep our COVID-19 numbers low. I appreciate the business community, our employees, citizens, and visitors for following the mandate. There are no further restrictions or closures on our local businesses from the state, and Sevier County continues to see excellent tourism numbers.”

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