Governor Lee says he wants stores and restaurants open next week across most of the state

TENNESSEE — Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced Thursday that he wants retail stores and restaurants in 89 counties across the state to be open to 50% capacity by next week.

During his daily briefing, Governor Lee said he wants restaurants open on Monday and retail stores open by Wednesday.

The governor called the plan “safe reopening guidance" and said that additional guidelines will be announced tomorrow.

This recommendation is only for the 89 of the state’s 95 counties that do not have their own health department. Shelby County is not included in this list.

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The Lee Administration will work with Shelby, Madison, Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, and Sullivan counties and their health departments as they plan their own re-open strategies.

This announcement comes on the heel of Tennessee releasing new numbers. The COVID-19 case count is now at 8,266, including 170 deaths, 793 hospitalizations, and 4,193 recovered.

State parks are set to be reopened Friday. An official said that some people might be turned away if too many people arrive.

They are also asking people to wear masks while walking around. Many of the amenities at the park are closed. So, he urged people to come prepared because food and restaurants might not be available.

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