A Class A misdemeanor seems like a pretty significant charge for this kind of violation (possible fine of $250-$2500 and up to 11 months, 29 days in jail). While is the penalty so severe?

The state law that Governor Lee relied upon in delegating the authority to Mayors makes the violation of the Order a Class A misdemeanor.  Mayor Anderson did not have any discretion regarding the classification of the penalty which is set by the General Assembly and incorporated into Governor Lee’s order.  The penalty was simply referenced in the Mayor’s order for public awareness.   Williamson County plans to make attempts at education and warning for individuals and businesses who are out of compliance before imposing any penalty.  It is not our desire to punish; only to facilitate measures that will slow the spread of COVID-19.

Disclaimer:  These FAQs are an attempt to give general answers related to Williamson County’s interpretation of the Order requiring wearing of face coverings.   They do not constitute legal advice and if you have specific questions about your individual situation that cannot be answered in general terms, you should consult your own legal counsel.

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1. Why are face coverings required in Williamson County?
2. Where are Williamson County citizens required to wear a face covering?
3. What is a “commercial business establishment” under the Order?
4. Do I have to put a face covering on my child?
5. Do I have to wear a face covering if I have a medical condition or breathing problem that makes it unsafe for me to do so?
6. Do I have to provide medical documentation if I am unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition?
7. Do I have to wear a face covering when I am outdoors?
8. Do I have to wear a face covering when I am at home or in my car?
9. I am a business owner. If a customer comes to my establishment and says they cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition, am I required to have documentation of the condition?
10. I am a business owner and would like to offer a separate accommodation for individuals who claim they cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition, such as curbside delivery rather than in-store
11. I am a business owner and have posted the required signage in my business. However, some customers simply refuse to wear a mask. What should I do?
12. I have a carry permit. Am I violating the law if I wear a face covering while carrying my permitted weapon?
13. Do I have to wear a mask to church?
14. Do I have to wear a mask to vote or register to vote?
15. If I am in a business or other location where the mask order is not being enforced, and wish to report the violation, how should I do that?
16. How is the law enforced?
17. A Class A misdemeanor seems like a pretty significant charge for this kind of violation (possible fine of $250-$2500 and up to 11 months, 29 days in jail). While is the penalty so severe?