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Officers Issue 16 Citations Thursday on Broadway for Mask Non-Compliance; Enhanced Initiative Planned for Today and Saturday

8/7/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MNPD officers on Broadway issued 16 Metro civil citations on Thursday to persons not complying with the Health Department’s mask order. Officers also gave nearly 400 verbal warnings.

The police department will significantly increase its presence on Broadway late afternoon through midnight today and tomorrow. Officers will be issuing citations to individuals not adhering to the mask requirement.

Three teams of eight officers each will conduct walking patrols on Broadway beginning by 4 p.m. Six additional officers will be on ATVs and conduct mobile enforcement, including stopping and citing any “transpotainment” vehicles operating in violation of the health order. The police department will be joined on Broadway by staff from the Metro Health Department, Transportation Licensing Commission, Beer Board and the Fire Marshal’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office will base its mobile booking vehicle in Riverfront Park on both nights.

There is clear signage on Broadway reminding persons that the mask mandate has the force of law. Persons in violation can receive a Metropolitan Government citation for adjudication in Environmental Court, or a State of Tennessee criminal misdemeanor citation. Under state law, violation of the Health Department’s mask order is a class C misdemeanor.

Absent an authorized exception to the Health Department’s mask order, officers are directed to take all necessary steps to ensure compliance as Nashville works to lessen the spread of COVID-19.

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