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

Because the Governor’s Executive Order expressly states that no one with a medical condition that would cause difficulty if they wore a mask is required to wear one, the County does not have authority to direct that a business can tell a person who will not wear a mask due to a medical condition that they may not enter. So, under the County order, an individual who asserts that they have a medical condition would be allowed to enter without a mask. However, individual businesses do have some rights to have control over what goes on in their establishments. You would need to consult your business’s own legal counsel about whether it would be legally appropriate for the business to offer another alternative as a reasonable accommodation to the individual, in order to avoid discrimination against an individual with a disability. This would likely be a very fact-specific inquiry based on the nature of the business, but unfortunately, it is beyond the scope of what the Governor has given the County authority to control.

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?