Coffee County Mayor Gary Cordell released a statement on Monday concerning the wearing of face coverings. He stated, “As everyone would agree, we are living in unprecedented times in the history of our nation. We all have our own ideas as to the best path to move forward. The medical and scientific professionals have many differing opinions as to how to combat this virus.” He went onto say, “As Mayor of Coffee County I don’t feel I have the legal or constitutional authority to mandate the use of face masks upon our citizens. I know some will disagree with this decision. The citizens of our great county are intelligent enough to make that decision for themselves.” Mayor Cordell added, “I’m very concerned about the safety of our citizens, especially our seniors and those with underlying health conditions, but our citizens have the right to make the decision to wear masks if they deem it necessary.”
The mayor suggest that we simply adhere to a good neighbor policy and wash our hands, social distance and he highly recommends we wear face masks in public.
Cordell says that they continue to have periodic emergency management team meeting to access the situation in our county. We will keep our citizens informed. Together we will get through this. Mayor Cordell ended his statement by asking everyone to continue to pray for out county, state and nation.
Governor Bill Lee signed an executive order Friday, giving county mayors the authority to issue local mask requirements.
Face masks will be required in Williamson County beginning Wednesday.