Safer at Home Order in Tennessee will expire April 30, governor says

NASHVILLE — The governor of Tennessee said the Safer at Home order in Tennessee will expire on April 30.

Gov. Lee said most businesses should reopen on May 1.

This is only for 89 counties that have a state health department.

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"Our Economic Recovery Group is working with industry leaders around the clock so that some businesses can open as soon as Monday, April 27,” said Gov. Lee. “These businesses will open according to specific guidance that we will provide in accordance with state and national experts in both medicine and business.”

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, the new release said.

“While I am not extending the safer at home order past the end of April, we are working directly with our major metropolitan areas to ensure they are in a position to reopen as soon and safely as possible,” said Lee. “Social distancing works, and as we open up our economy it will be more important than ever that we keep social distancing as lives and livelihoods depend on it.”

FOX13 reached out to the governor’s office for more clarification on what this means for Shelby County.

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“We understand Shelby County is different then say Lauderdale. We will work with every county to decide the best way to re-open come May 1. We hope to have some answers/more clarity late this week or early next,” Gov. Lee’s office said.

This announcement comes on the heel of the state health department reporting more than 7,000 cases and 150 deaths across Tennessee earlier this afternoon.


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