Clinton now requires masks in city buildings

The city of Clinton is now requiring masks to be worn inside all city buildings.

City Manager Roger Houck said the mandate went into effect Monday, July 27, and applies to all city buildings where social distancing is not easily accomplished.

Houck cites the increasing COVID-19 case counts in Anderson County and across the state, as well as the potential impact it could have on “high-contact” jobs like police and fire, and even Public Works and Recreation department employees.

In those areas where social distancing is possible, for instance, the lobby of City Hall, which has had Plexiglas dividers in place for several years now, a mask would not be required. But it would be in the event that someone needs to enter an office for a meeting.

Gov. Bill Lee has given county mayors the power to institute mask mandates in all public buildings in their communities, but that order stops short of providing the same authority to the leaders of Tennesssee cities in 89 of 95 counties. City officials, though, do have the authority to require them inside municipal buildings.

If you happen to be caught without a mask and need to enter Clinton City Hall, the city does have masks that it can provide, the city manager said.