City of Tifton announces end of mask mandate

(TIFTON, GA) – A major announcement out of the City of Tifton, as the City Commission announced Monday night, masks will no longer be required to enter city buildings.

Tifton Mayor, Julie Smith cites the increase in COVID-19 vaccinations in The Friendly City as the reason for putting an end to the more than six month old mandate.

She tells us, “The vaccination rate is really good. I don’t have the latest numbers to show the exact percentages. But we are really encouraging everyone to please participate in that vaccination…we do encourage everyone to please get your vaccine, because it will pull us out of the woods on this.”

Many in The Friendly City who’ve done their part in getting vaccinated are excited about the rollback on the masking mandate, as it’s a major step forward to a return to normalcy.

“I think if you’ve had your vaccinations, and that’s what we were supposed to do, and so if you haven’t had your vaccination, you might want to continue to wear your mask. But if you’ve had them, I think they should be able to roll them back,” says local barber, Scott Glisson.

Tifton Nurse Practitioner, Robin Stanley tells us, “We have over 100 million people vaccinated in the U.S. Which is awesome, and the vaccines have prove that they are working. So I really think that everybody else is going to follow suit.”

While masks are no longer required, some are opting to keep them on for their own safety.

Thomas County resident, Janice Rollins says, “We may not be immune to getting COVID, but one thing’s for sure: we can do everything that we possibly can to stay safe, stay secure and stay healthy.”

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, Tift County has only reported 15 cases of COVID-19 in the last two weeks.