Face masks mandatory in Shelby County, officials announce

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Shelby County officials announced that face masks will be mandatory beginning today.

Transmission of COVID-19 has been increasing in the county.

According to Shelby County Health Director Alisa Haushalter, Shelby County is seeing an average of 300 cases per day.

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The increase in cases is extremely concerning to officials.

Anyone over the age of 2 is required to wear a mask in public, according to officials.

The health department anticipates case numbers will increase.

Health officials will announce more restrictions next week, specifically for bars and restaurants.

Dr. Bruce Randolph said masks are extremely important in stopping the transmission of the virus.

The health department has the authority to empower law enforcement to enforce the mask mandate, according to officials.

If you would like to read the full order from the Shelby County Health Department, you can click here.

In the state of Arkansas, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced Friday afternoon that he has signed an executive order that allows cities to implement a mandatory mask order.