Knox County Face Mask Mandate

Yesterday's Knox County order, which takes effect on July 3rd, only applies to indoor public spaces such as stores, professional offices, banks, restaurants, etc. and then only when maintaining 6 feet of social distancing is not feasible. Because traditional Open Houses are open to the public and it would be difficult to maintain 6 feet of social distancing, it appears the order does require masks to be worn in a traditional Open House. The order does not specifically address real estate activities and we don't have specific guidance from Knox County in regards to real estate activities, but KAAR would strongly advise requiring masks to be worn at open houses.

From Knox News:

"The Knox County Board of Health voted Wednesday to approve a public health order requiring most people to wear face coverings in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Although the full text of the order was not immediately released publicly Wednesday evening, discussion at the board of health meeting revealed the order will require most people to wear face masks in most public indoor spaces in Knox County. Excluded are houses of worship as well as state and federal government facilities. Children ages 12 and under will not be required to wear masks, and neither will people who have medical conditions that prevent them from wearing one."

Read the full story at Knoxnews.com.