In a Chester County State of Emergency news release from the Chester County Mayor’s Office on Wednesday, July 8, Chester County Government determined it necessary for face masks to be worn in public areas. Read the release below.
On Friday, July 3rd Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed Executive Order 54 to grant County Mayors in 89 Counties the authority to issue local requirements that citizens wear face coverings in public places in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 cases, which have significantly risen in recent weeks. Governor Lee encouraged every Tennessean across the state to use a face covering or mask, socially distance and wash your hands frequently.
After much debate and deliberation between the City of Henderson, Town of Enville, Town of Milledgeville and Chester County Mayors, Chester County EMA Director Johnny Farris, and Chester County School Superintendent Troy Kilzer II, Chester County Mayor Barry Hutcherson determined that the use of a face covering or mask is preferred and should be worn when prompted in the City of Henderson and Chester County. There are exceptions to this rule, but Mayor Hutcherson strongly encourages the use of a face mask or covering in indoor public places, as well as outdoor public places where social distancing is not possible. This is a necessary safety measure we are taking; as a result, our local businesses are allowed to remain open and our schools will be able to re-open in the fall. Allowing the current situation to continue without recourse, jeopardizes Chester County businesses, government and court operations, schools and our way of life; and this simple measure can help protect you, our citizens, during these uncertain times.
Chester County is known for its small town charm as well as its friendly residents who are known for caring for one another and setting good examples in the community, especially when it comes to the health and safety of our friends and loved ones. The referenced Executive Order, granted by the authority of the Governor of the State of Tennessee, is hereby enacted advising citizens to wear masks or face coverings when in public places and social distancing is not possible, with an effective date of 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 in Chester County. Citizens should carefully read the order, as there are a number of exceptions based upon specific health or safety issues, as well as situations where individuals can safely distance themselves. This order is set to expire at 11:59 p,m. on Saturday, August 8th, 2020.