How is the law enforced?

Pursuant to Governor Lee’s Executive Order and the state law that gives the Governor the power to delegate this authority, violation of the Order is a Class A misdemeanor and can be enforced by local law enforcement within their jurisdictions.   However, initially, law enforcement and EMA officials will attempt to gain compliance through communication and education and hope that through those processes, they will be able to avoid utilizing the formal enforcement process afforded by the Governor’s Order.

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?