The Hamblen County Mask Mandate, which has been in effect since August 2020, will expire April 1. 

Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain announced Friday afternoon that he would not renew the mask requirements because effort to minimize exposure of the county's most vulnerable population are working and active cases are declining. 

"I want to thank residents and visitors of Morristown and Hamblen County for their patience as we work through the state's vaccination plan," Brittain said. "Our community has worked diligently to manage the spread of the virus and we are seeing the positive results with the number of serious cases declining and our schools returning to in-person classes following spring break."

Brittain encouraged the continued wearing of masks in large crowds and businesses that require them, like healthcare facilities. 

He also strongly suggested that that adults, who are physically able, get vaccinated as soon possible. 

Nearly 19,000 vaccinations have been given to Hamblen County residents. The Hamblen County Health Department has averaged giving more than 1,000 shots a week and more healthcare providers are joining the list where patients can receive the vaccine.