Despite new CDC guidance, officials say Nashville not ready to lift mask requirements

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced updated guidance that allows fully-vaccinated individuals to stop wearing masks indoors and outdoors.

Metro Public Health Department tells News 2 that while they are encouraged by the recently updated guidance and “further emphasizing the importance of widespread COVID-19 vaccination,” they say that Nashville isn’t ready to lift its mask requirements just yet.


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“With less than half of Davidson County residents vaccinated, and Tennessee lagging the national average among people that are fully vaccinated, dropping of mask requirements at this time in high-risk settings is not feasible,” said a health department spokesperson in a statement.

The health department tells News 2 that with 12 to 15-year-old children now being allowed to get vaccinated, extending the existing mask requirements will allow them time to get the vaccine.

“We look forward to a time when more of our county’s population is vaccinated, allowing mask requirements to be safety dropped altogether in public settings,” said the health department spokesperson.


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Metro Public Health Department said they will continue to assess the situation of masks indoors as the city continues reopening over the coming weeks.


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