Shelby County drops mask mandate; masks still required in schools

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — Masks are no longer a requirement in Shelby County, but businesses are still recommended to require masking in indoor public settings, according to the latest Shelby County health directive.

Health Directive 27 reflects a decline in recent COVID-19 cases, according to the Shelby County Health Department.

Shelby County is not currently a high transmission area.

The new directive still requires masks in indoor school settings.

The new directive expires Nov. 30, SCHD said.

Future health directives depend on levels of vaccination rates, vaccine access and eligibility, hospital capacity, and case rates.

Read the full health directive below:

1) Due to the decline in COVID-19 cases reflecting that Shelby County is currently not a high transmission area, it is highly recommended that businesses continue to require masks in indoor, public settings.

2) Masks are still required for indoor school settings with noted exceptions including one for certain teachers to remove their masks for educational purposes.

3) The current status of booster doses (as of October 27) is explained to include anyone 65 and older regardless of whether they have an underlying medical condition.

4) Health Order No. 27 supersedes Health Order No. 26, and it expires on November 30, 2021. Further orders will depend on levels of vaccination rates (such as whether the County has attained a vaccination rate of 70%), vaccine access and eligibility, hospital capacity, and/or cases per 100,0000 residents.