Shelby County Commission passes masks ordinance

WATCH: Shelby County Commission passes mask ordinance

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Shelby County Commission passed a masks ordinance with a 5 to 4 vote.

Commissioner Tami Sawyer said if it’s passed a business owner would get fined $50 if they allow customers inside without masks.

Sawyer added that her goal is to have the Shelby County Health Department make this a public health order so it will apply to the City of Memphis and all the municipalities.

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“The business has to be aware they are open in a pandemic, and it’s the same way there is a reason we don’t serve people without shirt or shoes and we don’t provide security or security measures,” Sawyer said.

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Police would not enforce this, but Sawyer suggested a COVID-19 hotline should be set up so people can call and make reports.

Some commissioners were concerned business owners might have problems or be in danger if this becomes an ordinance.

“Difficulty in attempting to regulate this I talked to business owners and they have concerns for their employees,” said Reginald Milton.

This will be voted on two other times before it becomes an ordinance.

Sawyer emphasized details about how this will be enforced are still being worked out.

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