Mayor Bill Newman sent a letter to the Chamber of Commerce this afternoon, advising them to set examples of good safety practices. The text of the letter is below:
"Dear Chamber Members,
Businesses need to be examples of practicing “the right thing” to help control the Covid-19 virus.
The Governor has given County Mayors the authority to mandate the wearing of face-masks. I have taken the position of “strongly urging everyone” to wear a mask instead of a mandate. If businesses don’t step up and require their staff to do the right thing and the number of cases continues to rise, I will have no choice but to mandate face-masks to be worn.
Let’s keep the economy going and control the speed of the virus. If the hospital capacity gets near ‘full’, the Governor will have no choice but to shut down businesses as was done previously.
Please be a good neighbor and take the Tennessee Pledge.
County Mayor – Lincoln County, Tennessee"