Just hours after Hamblen County said it would not issue a mandate for wearing masks, Jefferson County Mayor Mark Potts followed suit saying that county would not require masks either.
The decisions come just a days after Sevier County issued its own mask mandate. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee issued an order on Friday allowing county mayors in all 89 counties that have a state health department to be able to issue a mandate for wearing masks.
Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain said one reason for him not issuing a mandate is that it would be impossible to enforce. Potts said he agreed.
Both mayors said they encourage social distancing and washing hands frequently and voluntarily wearing a mask in public.
Though numbers in Jefferson County have not been spiking as much as neighbors Hamblen and Sevier counties. The decision comes right after the county recorded its first death from COVID-19.