Gov. Lee enacts executive order for statewide closures due to COVID-19

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed an executive order for business across the state to use alternative measures when conducting business from midnight Monday to April 6.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created both an economic and a health crisis and our response must continue to address both aspects,” Gov. Lee said. “Our goal is to keep the public, especially vulnerable populations, safe while doing everything possible to keep Tennesseans in a financially stable position.”

The order prohibits social gatherings of 10 or more people and also states the following changes in regards to restaurants, bars, and similar food and drink establishments:

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  • Establishments are to exclusively offer drive-thru, take-out or delivery options to support families, businesses and the food supply chain during this emergency.
  • Establishments may sell alcohol by take-out or delivery (with the purchase of food) in closed containers to those who are age 21 and up.

Gyms and fitness/exercise centers or substantially similar facilities are to temporarily close and suspend in-person services until April 6.

The order also gives more measures to keep the state’s most vulnerable safe.

  • Visitation to nursing homes, retirement homes, and long-term care or assisted-living facilities is now limited to visits involving essential care only.
  • Businesses are encouraged to enact policies that take extra steps to assist vulnerable populations by considering measures such as shopping hours exclusive from the general public.

“I urge every Tennessean to take these actions seriously - our physical and economic health depends on this as we work to beat COVID-19,” Lee said.