Coronavirus: Governor Lee orders statewide closure of all nonessential businesses

Tennessee — During his daily update Monday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee ordered the closure of all nonessential businesses statewide in order to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The governor called the order the “Safer at Home” order, similar to what Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland announced last week.

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The announcement came after new numbers of confirmed cases were released by the Tennessee Department of Health. Right now, the state says there are 1834 cases with 13 deaths and 148 hospitalizations across the Volunteer State.

The order is not a mandatory shelter in place order. It restricts businesses that cannot safely operate during this pandemic, such as barber shops, salons, and entertainment.

On March 22, the governor issued an order that prohibited social gatherings of 10 or more people, changed the way restaurants and bars could operate, and closed all gyms and fitness centers.

Last Friday, the governor visited Memphis to see how local officials were handling the outbreak.

FOX13 is working to learn exactly what this new order means for you. We’ll have LIVE coverage tonight starting at 5 p.m. on FOX13 News.

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