Smith County judge says he is not presently planning to issue mandatory face mask order

Smith County judge says he is not presently planning to issue mandatory face mask order

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Following a recommendation from the NET Health board to require people wear masks while in public, Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran said he still has no plans to issue a mandatory mask order.

“I’m not presently planning to issue a mandatory order for individuals to wear masks or to mandate that businesses require their employees or customers to wear masks,” Moran said to KLTV on Friday afternoon.

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On Thursday, the NET Health board voted unanimously to recommend that the Smith County Judge and the City of Tyler adopt an order requiring people to wear masks when in public and social distancing is impossible, according to a source close to the board. That vote happened Thursday evening.

The order recommended by the board would require people ages 2 and over to wear a mask or face covering unless they have a medical condition documented by a physician that exempts them.

The recommendation from the NET Health board to the City of Tyler and Smith County asks those entities to adopt this recommendation.

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