Today, Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters signed Executive Order 39, extending the current, county-wide, face-covering mandate through Oct. 30. The order is on www.seviercountytn.org.
“The mandate appears to have been effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Sevier County,” said Waters. “Therefore, I am extending the executive order through Oct. 30. Barring a significant increase in cases between now and then, I intend to allow the order to expire on Oct. 30. We will continue to monitor the data and urge our businesses and citizens to follow the Tennessee Pledge. October is one of Sevier County’s busiest months. We want to keep our community as healthy as possible, and we believe that continuing the mask mandate will help us achieve that goal.”
The City of Sevierville supports the decision to extend the face covering mandate. “I want to thank our residents and visitors for helping to keep us all safer by wearing face coverings and social distancing over the past several months,” said Sevierville Mayor Robbie Fox. “We are entering a very busy tourist period and flu season is about to arrive. Let’s continue to support each other by following the county-wide face covering mandate, social distancing and practicing good personal hygiene.”
“We are thankful that our tourism numbers since the shutdown have exceeded expectations. I appreciate our business community, employees, citizens, and visitors following the mandate. According to the Tennessee Department of Health, the county’s daily positivity rate decreased approximately 8.5% and average daily cases dropped from a high of 40 to 14 during the previous mandates. Our community continues to work together to fight this pandemic, resulting in no additional business restrictions or closures imposed by the state,” Waters added.