TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jun 29, 2020

As COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Chattanooga, Mayor Andy Berke is asking the state for the authority to mandate masks in public. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that Berke is investigating whether he has the authority to mandate masks, noting that many of the cities that have implemented mask ordinances have powers the city of Chattanooga does not. "We've been looking into whether we have the authority to do so," Berke said. "We're a city government, we don't have a health department, our powers are further limited by executive order of the governor."