|On Monday, Governor Lee, in response to the growing number of new coronavirus cases,14,743 active cases and 592 deaths,extended his state of emergency declaration through August 29th.
Governor Lee's emergency declaration strongly encourages all Tennesseans to continue limiting activities and to stay at home where possible, as well as following health guidelines and maintaining social distancing; Urges employers to allow or require remote work/telework if possible; Provide that persons with COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms are required to stay at home, and that employers may not require or allow employees with COVID-19 to work; Limit social and recreational gatherings of 50 or more persons, unless adequate social distancing can be maintained (the 6 counties with locally run county health departments may issue different directives on gatherings
Limit contact sports with a requirement or substantial likelihood of routine close contact
- This does not apply to places of worship, for which there are guidelines for safe operation of worship services and gatherings, though places of worship are urged to continue virtual or online services where possible; This does not apply to weddings, funerals, and related events, but encourages postponement of large-gathering components of such events;
- This does not apply to collegiate or professional sports conducted under the rules or guidelines of their respective governing bodies anddoes not prohibit training or otherwise practicing the elements of such sports that do not involve close contact with persons.
Limit nursing home and long-term-care facility visitation, while providing a framework for safe, limited visitation set forth in Executive Order No. 49, and continue the closure of senior centers; Provide that employers and businesses are expected to comply with the Governor’s Economic Recovery Group Guidelines (e.g., Tennessee Pledge) for operating safely, as well as general health guidelines from the CDC and other government entities (the 6 counties with locally run county health departments have authority to issue different directives on businesses/venues); Provide that bars may only serve customers seated at appropriately spaced tables and must follow the Economic Recovery Group Guidelines (e.g., Tennessee Pledge) for restaurants (the 6 counties with locally run county health departments have authority to issue different directives on businesses/venues); Urges persons and businesses to take special care to protect vulnerable populations, including by offering delivery or special shopping hours where possible; Allow take-out and delivery alcohol sales by restaurants and limited-service restaurants to continue to encourage customers to utilize take-out or delivery options;Allow broad access to telehealth services;Increase opportunities for people to easily join the healthcare workforce; Provide easier access to unemployment benefits;Ensure supply chain protections;Extend deadlines and suspend certain in-person continuing education or inspection requirements to avoid unnecessary person-to-person contact; and increase opportunities to work remotely where appropriate.
This weekend we will all be celebrating the birth of our great country differently than we have in the past. With this year's Independence Day celebrations pushed to the background by the coronavirus and protests around the country, now is the perfect time to ask ourselves what makes our beautiful country so great and how we can make it better together. Freedom is a chance to do and be better than we were in the past. Happy Independence Day.