NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced measures to implement “Safer at Home” guidelines across the state as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, but avoided issuing a mandatory shelter-in-place order.
“This not a mandated shelter in place order, because it is deeply important to me that we remain a state that protects personal liberties,” Lee said during his daily briefing. “But it is a strong urging for Tennesseans to stay home when at all possible, because I also believe that with personal liberty comes personal responsibility.”
Safer at home. Because staying at home as much as possible for a temporary period of time will protect the health and safety of Tennesseans by limiting the spread of COVID-19 and preserving health care resources, all persons in Tennessee are urged to stay at home, except for when engaging in Essential Activity or Essential Services as defined in this Order.Executive Order 22
Several localities in northeast Tennessee have issued their own “Safer at Home” orders.
Lee signed an executive order Monday that orders the closure of businesses that cannot safely operate during the pandemic such as barbershops, hair salons, and entertainment venues. The order also provides for the continuation of “essential businesses.”
According to the executive order…
Businesses or organizations that perform close-contact personal services shall not be open to members or the public. Such businesses or organizations include, but are not limited to:
-Nail salons or spas
-Spas providing body treatments
-Body-art facilities or tattoo services
-Massage-therapy establishments or massage services.
Entertainment and recreational gathering venues shall not be open to members or the public. Such venues include, but are not limited to:
-Night clubsExecutive Order 21
-Theaters, auditoriums, performing arts centers, or similar facilities
-Indoor children’s play areas
-Adult entertainment venues
-Roller or iceskating rinks
In a separate executive order, the governor ordered the closure of non-essential businesses for public use.
Closure of non-essential businesses for public use. Businesses or organizations that do not perform Essential Services shall not be open for access or use by the public or its members. Such businesses or organizations are strongly encouraged to provide delivery, including delivery curbside outside of the business or organization, of online or telephone orders, to the greatest extent practicable, and persons are encouraged to use any such options to support such businesses during this emergency.Executive Order 22
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