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The mask mandate for Nashville and Davidson County will expire at 5 a.m. on Friday, May 14.
The Metro Public Health Department in Nashville said earlier Thursday afternoon it didn’t plan to modify its mask requirements due to the low vaccination rates within the county. But hours later, the department walked that statement back.
“The Board of Health made the decision to end the mask mandate at Thursday afternoon’s board meeting,” Nashville Health tweeted.
The statement from MDPH says each individual business retains the right to set its own restrictions regarding the use of masks, and masks are still encouraged — just not required.
“MPHD continues to strongly recommend masks for those who are unvaccinated when in crowds, indoors, and when unable to socially distance, as also recommended by the CDC,” Nashville Health tweeted.