Chattanooga Again Mandates Masks In All City-Owned Buildings

Photo: Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly

Photo Credit: City of Chattanooga / Facebook

Published August 2, 2021

The Tennessee Conservative Staff –

On Friday, Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly issued an executive order mandating that employees and visitors who are moving within city buildings wear facial coverings, effective today (August 2nd). 

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Mayor Kelly’s executive order also requires that community centers remain closed indefinitely following summer camp, which ended on Friday. The order allows temporary exceptions for vaccine drives held at community centers, and for elections. 

According to the Mayor’s office, the renewed facial covering requirement for city buildings came amid rising COVID-19 infections in Hamilton County, which had previously dipped but have been on the rise in recent weeks, particularly among the unvaccinated. 

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Facial coverings are required for all individuals, whether vaccinated or not, while they are moving through city buildings, such as walking to their desks, or moving through common spaces. Exceptions to this “masks in motion” rule will be made for vaccinated individuals while they are working alone in a room, or are socially distanced per CDC guidelines. 

According to Dr. Mary Lambert, Chattanooga’s director for community health, the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus is having a devastating effect on younger, healthier people, even those who have previously had the virus and survived it. 

“This virus is spreading as fast as chicken pox, and the health effects of this mutated COVID-19 virus — even on younger individuals — are appalling and costly,” Dr. Lambert said. “Unvaccinated people in the emergency room are begging for the vaccine, but for far too many of them it’s far too late.” 

Chattanooga’s community centers will remain closed until either the city’s vaccination rate reaches 70 percent, up from 43 percent currently, or until the velocity and number of COVID-19 cases reverses its current troubling trend, Kelly said. 

The city is offering $100 to employees who submit proof that they have been vaccinated, and has made free, walk-in vaccination clinics available across the city. 

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2 thoughts on “Chattanooga Again Mandates Masks In All City-Owned Buildings

  • August 2, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    All of the covid and Delta variations there of are a concoction of the democratic socialist party and designed to make the people sheep again
    I personally believe that this is all a hoax perpetrated by our government federal and local to scare everyone into compliance. I got my two shots just to shut people up asking if I got them.
    Now they are saying wear a mask even if you got the shots
    Sorry I am not going through this again. Period

  • August 19, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    Can anyone provide a copy of the “Masks in Motion” mandate that is referenced in the executive order?
    I’m curious if this has the force of law. When this began, the health department issued their statement which provided exemptions for those who had medical conditions. Have these exemptions been revoked?


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