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Sevier County mayor extends mask mandate through Dec. 29

The extension of the mask mandate stems from a rising number of COVID-19 cases in Sevier County and other areas in the region.

SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. — UPDATE (Nov. 18) Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters has extended the mask mandate through December 29. 

The extension of the mask mandate stems from a rising number of COVID-19 cases in Sevier County and other areas in the region.

To read the executive order click here: www.seviercountytn.org.

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UPDATE (Oct. 30): Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters announced Friday that the mask mandate has been extended through November 30.

He said that the mandate is meant to help slow the spread of COVID-19, reduce the number of hospitalizations due to the coronavirus and protect the health of residents, employees and visitors.

Waters signed Executive Order 44 on Friday. The order says that the Tennessee Department of Health has urged local leaders to continue face mask requirements since they tend to reduce the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic in Sevier County.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters signed Executive Order 39 on Wednesday, extending a face-covering mandate through Oct. 30. 

“The mandate appears to have been effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Sevier County,” Waters in a statement released on Wednesday night. “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." 

The mayor said the decision was made in part due to the increase in tourism October tends to bring Sevier County.

The mayor previously made another mask extension on August 4.