The city of Livingston will require all city employees to wear face coverings while in office.
Residents entering city buildings will also be required to wear a mask. Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes said the city is taking precaution before Covid becomes widespread in Overton.
“We really believe this is the right thing to do at this point,” Hayes said. “Our numbers continue to grow here in Overton County. Although, it is not as bad as some of our neighboring counties, we do not want to get there. One case is one too many.”
Hayes said with schools and sport events starting this month, the abundance of caution is needed.
“We have had unfortunately had some Livingston employees test positive for COVID,” Hayes said. “Our prayers are with them and they are on a speedy recovery, but there are over 1,000 in Tennessee that did not go home. If there is anything that we can do to prevent that, then we will do our part.”
Livingston and Overton County performed reverse 9-1-1 calls to all residents to encourage mask wearing. Hayes said the encouragement is to prevent discussions of mask mandates in the future.
“We do not want to mandate a mask system in Overton and Livingston,” Hayes said. “But as our numbers continue to increase and people do not take heed to the request. This will lead to difficult decisions down the road.”
Overton County will not require their employees to wear masks. County Executive Ben Danner said the decision of a mandate for a building will be made by the individual.