Memphians will face a dreadfully hot summer by being forced to wear face coverings by Memphis city leaders.The Memphis City Council voted 9-4 Tuesday night to require Memphians to wear facial coverings while in public spaces and inside businesses.
The ordinance says people will be required to wear facial coverings in businesses and public spaces within the city limits during public health emergencies. This does not require masks for places outside of the city limits.
“I think as a city we need to pass this face covering ordinance in such a way that other people will follow us and we can save lives,” Councilman Dr. Jeff Warren told television station WREG. “I think this is gonna save the economy, too.”
“I just cannot get to the point of mandating it and making it a misdemeanor,” Councilman Ford Canale said during the council meeting.Anyone who violates the new law will face community service punishments and possibly fines.
Mayor Jim Strickland still has to sign it in order for it to become the law of the land.
KWAM host Robyn Walensky will be taking your comments and telephone calls on the mandatory mask law Wednesday morning beginning at 6 a.m. on Wake Up Memphis. Listen live online or on the radio, 990 AM and 107.9 FM.
You’d better get used to wearing that mask out in public.https://t.co/vObF1CJZRq— Winnie Wright (@WinnieWrightTV) June 17, 2020