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If and when Metro Nashville Police officers see people in public not wearing a face covering or a mask they will react and approach them.

But they will only hand those people a printed advisory explaining the Metro Public Health Department’s new order fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Officers have been instructed to educate and warn citizens concerning the requirement until further notice,” according to a press release that city officials published this week.

The order requires that people in Davidson County wear face coverings or masks. People do not have to wear them in either their residence or another person’s residence or in their own vehicle.

City officials will also not require a face covering under the following settings and circumstances:

  • By any child aged 12 years or less. Any child aged two years or less shall not wear a face covering because of the risk of suffocation. Parents and caregivers must supervise use of face coverings by children to avoid misuse, according to the order.
  • By persons who cannot medically tolerate wearing a face covering. No person declining to wear a face covering because of a medical condition will have to produce verifying medical documentation, according to the order.
  • Within educational institutions, public and private K-12 schools, private colleges and universities, trade schools, post-secondary, and technical colleges, provided K-12 schools comply with the conditions in Nashville Plan: A Framework for a Safe, Efficient and Equitable Return to School, as outlined at
  • By persons working alone in separate office spaces or in non-public workplaces that have more than adequate area for social distancing based on the size of and number of people in the space (either indoors or outdoors). Such persons must wear a face covering when interacting with others in groups of six or more persons or in groups of any size where people cannot maintain social distancing of more than six feet.

As The Tennessee Star reported last week, Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced Nashville entered Phase Three of a four-phased plan to reopen the city after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States. This, despite Nashville officials saying they have tallied higher numbers of the virus.

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Colorado governor stands by saying youre a selfish bastard if you refuse to wear a mask

Colorado Gov. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisProtesters surround Aurora Police precinct after photos emerge of officers mocking Elijah McClain's death Officer involved in taking pictures mocking Elijah McClain resigns Colorado governor closes bars amid rise in virus cases MORE (D) is standing by a recent post he shared on Facebook over the weekend calling anyone who refuses to wear a mask to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 a "selfish bastard."

In the Facebook post published on Sunday, the governor wrote, “The emerging scientific data is clear: wearing a mask doesn’t only protect others, it also significantly reduces your own risk of getting Coronavirus. So if you’re a selfish bastard and wearing a mask to protect others isn’t enough of a reason to do so, then maybe protecting yourself is?”

The post also featured a link to an article published by the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), in which Dean Blumberg, who serves as chief of pediatric infectious diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, said research shows that wearing a mask can reduce one’s risk of becoming infected by 65 percent. 

When pressed about his Facebook post at a press briefing on Tuesday, Polis said the purpose of his message was to highlight that “even if you don't care about the health of other people, wearing a mask reduces your own risk of getting coronavirus by about two-thirds.”

He went on to say that the recent post was just one a number of methods of communication he has used in recent weeks to convince people to wear masks.

“That means direct, it means humor, it means appeals to people's patriotism, both with regard to their pride of being Americans as well as their pride of being Coloradans,” he said.

“Everybody makes their decisions differently. Some react to humor, some react to blunt statements, some to react to data, some react to peer pressure,” he said, adding: “There's no one way to convince people to wear masks. I want to engage in every way I can to convince people to wear masks.”

According to the latest state health data, over 37,000 COVID-19 cases have been counted in the stated so far in addition to more than 1,500 deaths. 

Though Polis has continued to urge residents to wear masks in public to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, he has stopped short of making it a requirement.

During his briefing on Tuesday, Polis said that, “like most Coloradans, I believe in bodily autonomy” and that he believes “people should make their own choices.”

However, he also said he realizes the matter is not so cut and dry, saying "the reason this issue is more complex is not so much about just your rights."

"It's also about protecting the right to live of those impacted by your decisions," he added.

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