MEMPHIS, Tenn. — University of Memphis researchers studied 4,000 people inside businesses two weeks ago. Only half wore face coverings, and researchers want to know why. They’re teaming up with the Shelby County Health Department for a related survey.
The new survey is providing data for local researchers and health officials on how people in Memphis and Shelby County are handling the new law to wear a mask in public.
It is 10 basic questions including:
In the last week have you worn a mask out your home?
What are the reasons you don’t wear a mask?
The Health Department released the following statement to WREG: “The data gathered will be used to help us develop messages to address any barriers or misapprehensions people have about wearing masks or facial coverings.”
Memphis City Council recently passed an ordinance requiring Memphians to wear masks while they are out in public.
However, the ordinance says you do not have to wear a mask if you are seated at a bar or restaurant.
This survey comes as cases in Shelby County rise above 9,600.