Maury County Mayor Ogles: No mask mandate, ‘you have a choice’

by Jason Hall |  Fox 17 Nashville

Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles announced he he will not mandate that masks be required in public.

“I, Andy Ogles, Mayor of Maury County choose not to infringe on your liberty but rather to stand in the gap. I took an oath to defend our constitution and intend to do so…there will be no mask mandate in Maury County,” Ogles said.

Mayor Ogles urged residents to consult doctors and “strongly encouraged” social distancing. He added that “masks are not a perfect solution, but they can help in containing virus particles that you may shed by talking or sneezing.”

“If a business asks you to wear a mask then wear a mask or go somewhere else because you have a choice,” Ogles said. “If you’re in an environment where social distancing cannot be maintained then consider wearing a mask.”

Ogles also added that past projections for deaths in Tennessee for next month were much higher than current totals.

Maury County has 379 confirmed and probable cases and three deaths in relation to COVID-19, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

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