SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — The Shelby County Health Department issued Health Order No. 24, effective Aug. 3 at noon until Aug. 31.
The new directive includes recent guidance from the CDC that applies to areas like Shelby County, where the Delta variant is dominant and where a high level of transmission is occurring, a release said.
The directive said you should wear masks in the following:
- You are aged 2 or older and not fully vaccinated and you are in an indoor public place.
- You are in an outdoor setting that involves close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
- You are in any indoor setting open to the public, regardless of whether you are vaccinated.
- You have a condition or are taking medications that weakens your immune system in such a manner that you may not be protected even if you are fully vaccinated (unless your healthcare provider advises you not to wear a mask).
The new directive also includes:
- Updated links to CDC guidance on vaccines and masks;
- New section on “Vaccinations and Testing,” strongly encouraging everyone to get vaccinated if they are eligible and strongly encouraging employers to require regular COVID-19 testing for all unvaccinated employees, including those who are asymptomatic;
- Highly recommends masks in all indoor settings that are open to the public regardless of whether you are vaccinated; and
- Highly recommends masks in other circumstances that conform with CDC guidance for areas with high transmission rates (i.e., Shelby County).
Health Order No. 24 may be viewed online: http://shelbytnhealth.com/healthdirectives.
Tuesday afternoon Memphis City Council unanimously passed a resolution asking the Shelby County Health Department to reissue the county-wide mask mandate that was loosened to follow federal guidelines in May. The health department lifted most COVID-19 restrictions back in early June.
The department’s original county-wide mask mandate began in July 2020.
Tennessee never had a statewide mask mandate.
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