What you need to know about Hamilton County's mask mandate during the COVID-19 pandemic

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Mayor Jim Coppinger replaces his mask after speaking during a press conference at the Hamilton County Health Department's Golley Auditorium on Monday, July 6, 2020 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Mayor Coppinger said that people in Hamilton County will be required to wear a mask or face covering in public starting after midnight on July 10. Citizens who refuse to cover their face could receive a Class C misdemeanor, with penalties ranging from a $50 fine up to 30 days in jail.

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger renewed a countywide mask mandate initially put into place on July 10, to extend through Oct. 8. Citizens who fail to cover their faces to prevent the spread of the coronavirus could be accused of a Class C misdemeanor offense, with penalties ranging from a $50 fine up to 30 days in jail.

Here is what's required and what is not required.

What's required:

Facial coverings shall fit snugly and securely against the side of the face. Cloth facial coverings are preferred and should include multiple layers of fabric. Surgical and other medical masks (e.g. N95) are not required and should be preserved for health care personnel, according to Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger's executive order.

Face coverings are not required for:

- Children under 12 years of age.

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