Mayor Coppinger extends Hamilton County mask mandate as coronavirus continues to spread

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger speaks during the press conference Thursday at the Hamilton County Health Department.

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger renewed a countywide mask mandate on Thursday through Oct. 8, backed by members of the local medical and business community.

The mandate, initially put into place in July, was set to expire on Sept. 8, but was extended by 30 days in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus which has infected over 8,000 and killed 78 in Hamilton County.

"It affords us opportunity when people mask up," Coppinger said after asking the county health department to extend the mandate. "I ask the public to bear with us and remember that this is not going to be for the rest of your life."

"We need your support, it's imperative that we get your support, so that we can get tourism back in here," he added.