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TENNESSEE GOVERNOR EXTENDS STATE OF EMERGENCY UNTIL SEPT. 30, 2020

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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee extended the emergency order this afternoon for the state’s “continued treatment and containment of COVID-19” until September 30, 2020.

The order extends the following provisions:

  • Urge persons to wear a cloth face covering in places where in close proximity to others, while facilitating local decision-making concerning face covering requirements
  • Urge social distancing and limit social and recreational gatherings of 50 or more persons, unless adequate social distancing can be maintained;
  • Limit nursing home and long-term-care facility visitation, while providing a framework for safe, limited visitation, 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 (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.
  • Continue access take-out alcohol sales to encourage carryout and delivery orders
  • Allow broad access to telehealth services
  • Increase opportunities for people to easily join the healthcare workforce
  • Facilitate increased testing and health care capacity
  • Extend deadlines and suspend certain in-person continuing education, gathering, or inspection requirements to avoid unnecessary person-to-person contact
  • Increase opportunities to work remotely where appropriate.

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