Face covering mandate in Nashville begins

face mask by Fort George G. Meade Public Affairs Office is licensed under Flickr CC BY 2.0
The Nashville Metro Public Board of Health unanimously has approved a face covering mandate in public places. 

The order, which will go into effect at 5 p.m. Sunday, requires face masks indoors and outdoors if social distancing cannot be met. 

Board members, during a special session Friday evening, approved the quick start date because cases began to increase when the city started phase two of reopening. 

David Frederick, a board member, said the board wanted to see the economy functioning again and “wearing a face mask is a small price to pay for that.”