Masks now required inside Clinton City Hall, other facilities

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

City Manager Roger Houck says that the mandate went into effect Monday afternoon 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. Houck said this morning that “if we had one fireman or policeman that was contaminated with it, and actually brought it into the station, it could possibly affect an entire shift.”

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 in the event that you need to enter an office for a meeting.

As we have previously reported, Governor 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, they do have masks that they can provide for you to wear during your visit.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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