Memphis will soon require masks to be worn almost everywhere after the Memphis City Council passed a mask ordinance with a 9-4 vote. Before, businesses could deem it necessary or not for customers to wear a mask. Now, people will be required to wear a mask everywhere with a few exceptions.So, Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer gets her wish.
While you don’t have to wear a mask while eating, you are supposed to wear a mask when walking into the restaurant until you are seated and ready to order. In addition, people don’t have to wear masks during outdoor recreation, but that is a vague exception.
The main reason used for this ordinance is the uptick in cases and that Memphians aren’t practicing social distancing. According to unacast.com, Shelby County receives an F on the grading scale. The only thing left is for Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland to sign it into effect.
KWAM listeners reacted to the new ordinance on The Mighty 990 Facebook page.“Not shopping in Memphis when this goes into effect,” one said.
Many echoed that sentiment.
“No. I refuse,” another added, “If it becomes law I’ll drive out of Memphis to shop.”The government has been slowly encroaching on our rights, and many have had enough of it.
“I don’t know how much more of this crap I can take,” KWAM listener said. “There is a line and they crossed it a long time ago.”
Political commentator Chris Hohn said on “Wake Up Memphis” with Robyn Walensky that it’s disturbing that the Memphis City Council has that much control over people’s lives. He added that it’s a “step too far to take.”
“That is the most frightening thing I’ve heard of in my life,” Hohn said about the ordinance.