Lee to extend stay-at-home order through end of April, start phasing in economic activity in May

Gov. Bill Lee speaks at a press conference on Tennessee’s coronavirus response in Nashville on March 16, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Gov. Bill Lee is extending his statewide stay-at-home order through the end of the month, with plans to phase out the economic shutdown in May.

Lee said social distancing will need to continue in public even as the economic shutdown is phased out beginning in May. He acknowledged that “some discomfort” will be involved over the middle term.

“Beginning in May, we will begin a phased reboot of our economy,” Lee said. “Between now and then we will create industry-specific guidance so that businesses can be fully prepared to operate safely and to protect their employees.”

37 Responses to Lee to extend stay-at-home order through end of April, start phasing in economic activity in May

  • MARLE says:

    Social distancing at bars, concerts, sports events, walking down 2d Ave/Broadway in Nashville? Bringing back tourism is going to be a challenge. And I guess they’re all going to be arriving, by car or private jet?

  • James White says:

    #LeeTheTyrant Dear Dictator, May I please be free ?

  • LeeAnn C. says:

    I’m absolutely appalled at the attitudes depicted ‘when we allow’, ‘when we decide’, ??? This overbearing, overreaching government MUST stop! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1v2HFsvIYeQkUaj4gCckaX2Xy7af4OJL2txaZkFoyQTk/edit

    • MARLE says:

      If the government mere “suggested” behavior that was prudent and in the best interest of the public and then employers defied that, they would be in for legal liability issues. Kobi Bryant’s widow is using the fact that the LA area police helicopters were grounded on the day her husband was killed as Evidence that his helicopter lease company was Negligent. I have no doubt a jury will give her plenty.

      At least when a Gov shuts you down you can’t help but be “in compliance” and if your shut down results in financial harm…..well that’s where our Fed gov’s printing presses get cranked up.

  • steve osborn says:

    Constitution? We don’t need no stinkin’ Constitution !! I make my own rules !

    • Mr. Kookogey says:

      We have ceased to be a self-governing people. We have surrendered our rights of representation. We have resigned any notion of a rule of law. We have exchanged our God-given rights to be ruled by an unelected doctor, leftist technocrats with their deliberately false models, and at least 42 little state dictators and innumerable feckless mayors of Whoville who suffer under the illusion that our rights come from them; that their unilateral determination of what constitutes an “emergency” permits them to suspend our civil liberties, indefinitely; that we can work when they say we can work and in what manner; that we can associate with whom they believe it is safe or appropriate to associate, in numbers and degrees of separation that they with their little tape-measures deem to be “for our good;” that they possess the authority, the capacity, and the knowledge to determine what is “essential” and what is not; and who is essential and who is not; and that we have the great privilege of receiving from their loving unemployment lines and federal printing presses just that precise amount of worthless cash that they deem to be sufficient bread for us to enable the continuation of their endless circuses.

      And every 2 weeks we nervously wait with bated breath for the next edict to flow from our gracious sovereigns, telling us what they think, what their models show them, what their surveillance of our activities informs them, and advising us whether we can freely move about the community or whether we must return with thanksgiving to our holes like little groundhogs for another 6 weeks of miserable, wretched winter because, you know, they have our best interests in mind, so if losing our businesses, staying home from church, and allowing abortions to continue unabated is essential for our good, who are we to question the wisdom of these great and powerful dictators from whom we have been waiting since the creation of the world?

      My, oh my, how sweet is the nectar that drips from the hem of this royal fellowship! Would that we had such giants of intellectual curiosity and moral courage at the time of our founding; men who could read computer models without questioning assumptions! Such knowledge is too great for us! However have we survived for all of these years without such brilliant and compassionate sovereigns, who know so much about everything?

      Who needs a Constitution when you can have kings like these?

      Who needs a Bible?

      Who needs God to reveal Himself and to reveal our own sinful nature to us, or to reveal His creation and His Word to us when we already have in our midst and all around us so many all-loving, all-sufficient, omnipotent, omniscient doctors, mayors, and governors who remind us of our sins against their rule and our need to repent with social distancing in order to receive our government forgiveness?

      And with such magistrates to save us from every pestilence, every danger, every fear, and even from our poor ignorant ourselves, why would one ever need Christ Jesus, the Word?

      Do these moral midgets not know that through Him (not them) all things were made, and that without Him (not them), nothing was made that has been made?

      Against whom do they so arrogate?

      If I had a hearing before them, I would urge these tyrants to repent, for TODAY is the day of salvation, and “nothing is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”

  • Karen Bracken says:

    Notice he didn’t give a date in May??? Beginning in May??? Really. I say business owners need to take the bull by the horns and open on May 1. Here is a pledge created in PA and put on line today. We need to get TN business owners to take the pledge and open on May 1. May has 31 days and when the Governor say we will get back to work SOMETIME IN MAY that could be May 31 or it could also extend past May 31st. There is no reason for TN to be shut down. Texas is starting their back to work in April. So is Indiana. Personally I think Trump is waiting for the American people to stand up and get back t work. We are not stupid. We can do this and do it safely.

    Here is the pledge. https://www.change.org/p/state-governors-stop-the-lockdown-3c5be181-5835-4a30-b2d7-a289b1a6b2c6?recruiter=1074937321&recruited_by_id=e237d170-7cc2-11ea-8d3a-e1145223b284&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=petition_dashboard

    • MARLE says:

      If Trump wants people to get back to work then he should issue a directive, backed by medical experts who agree, to give business owners Cover when the mandate workers back into the work place. That is what Leadership should look like. Legal liability matters.

      • James White says:

        Trump has no authority to issue a directive to do either or.

        • MARLE says:

          A directive is an instruction. It is akin to an executive order and can be enforced only if it doesn’t violate the 10 the Amendment. SO……basically it simply inserts a benchmark standard for prudent behavior and one that can be pointed to in determining extent of legal liability which is a BIG DEAL in business here in the good ole USA

      • Karen Bracken says:

        Trump does not want to tell the Governors what to do. He has said that during his press conferences. He said it was unconstitutional and he is right. The Governors and the people run the states not the federal government. It has been so long that a President has acknowledged that most people today have no clue.

      • Cannoneer2 says:

        I think “leadership” might also be giving individual employees “cover” when their businesswhiner “dollars above safety” employer tries to dragoon them back to work, even when it obviously isn’t safe.

    • Saundra Hamilton says:

      The language “start phasing in economic activity” is what is key! Everyone wants to re-open, get back to work (of course, notify unemployment they no longer need their 100% pay plus $600). Far too many did not, would not and refused to comply with “stay-at-home” which should be pretty good indicator that many will not phase in anything. In this arena you will not be able to make everyone happy, but I am not entirely sure our health and safety will be high on the priority list if the non-compliance crowd couldn’t respect the stay-at-home order in the first place! I fear this “phase in” could backfire in very big way!

  • Eddie White says:

    We all want get our economy open as soon as possible. I think Gov Lee’s timetable makes sense. He is heeding the best medical advice being given to him. Two more weeks of staying home could get us past the peak of the virus which ultimately is the best economic news we could hope for.

    • MARLE says:

      Do you think a person’s chances are in any significant way reduced 2 weeks after the peak than one week before the peak? For those concerned with their own health I cannot see how their risk of getting covid is all that different.

      Peaks have a lot to do with hospital capacity and overload. But in terms of personal health I don’t see a big change in risk going forward. You go to a crowded bar in May and it seems logical that your risk might be higher than it would have been back in March

    • LeeAnn C. says:

      Those that are without income and have bills to pay are not so content. Neither are those that certainly consider their livelihood to be “essential”, yet have the overbearing executive orders declare that they MUST CLOSE THEIR DOORS. I’m quite confident that lawyers have advised that because this is considered an emergency, the authority is with the governor. I disagree but lawsuits to prove those opinions wrong will take too long and cost too much. The governor certainly has the authority to rescind those executive orders and should do so immediately. I doubt that he’ll do it because he seems quite determined to maintain his current stance – no matter what it does to hardworking businesses and individuals.

  • James White says:

    only eight states have not issued stay at home orders those eight states are Arkansas Iowa Nebraska North Dakota Oklahoma South Dakota Utah and Wyoming.
    South Dakota governor Kristi Noem has been one of those bright shining stars among the storm you may have seen her on Fox News explaining that because citizens are personally responsible for their own health their families in their communities that mandates are not necessary.
    governors are executive officials this means that when they issue an executive order it is binding on the executive operations they oversee within state government and not on the people and definitely not on the businesses or churches but who is challenging these orders its state legislatures and those below them that
    should be doing so if you think of the closest layer of government above you which could be your City council or County Commission. Why doesn’t they and the county sheriffs say they are not going to enforce the unconstitutional governor’s executive order.

  • Donna Locke says:

    Allowing air travel is not helping us. I plan to avoid people, except at the grocery, for about 3 more weeks, which will not be difficult for me.

    According to some reports, the virus is lingering in the body after people seem recovered from it, and they are testing positive again. This is actually similar to flu relapses, as some of us recall. So I would not be surprised if this virus continues to be spread for a long time.

    The ventilators are dangerous and should be avoided till all else has been tried.

    • MARLE says:

      Ventilators are a closed air system. No breath from the patient is released into the air. One observation for the use of ventilators, over other oxygen delivery systems, seems to be the benefit to hospital staff who get much much more protection from its use rather than Cpap or Bipap machines which allow contagious particulate into the air

      • MARLE says:

        And Dr Birx and Dr Fauci have said that Mortality Rates lag. So you SHOULD see cases come down, and ICU admissions come Down while Deaths are still rising.

        But in NY……guess what? Cases Have dropped; and ICU admits Have dropped and DEATHs have dropped even more precipitously. Interestingly enough Intubations have dropped. Remember Deaths should have been Rising for several more days. When they stopped using ventilators (intubation) the Deaths dropped as well.

        For myself, I will not let them put me on a ventilator until they have tried to get your blood/oxygen levels up with some other oxygen delivery system. ( I am not a doctor, and epidemiologist, nor a scientist so let them do to you whatever they want)

      • Donna Locke says:

        That is not my comment on the ventilators. They are dangerous to the lungs of the patients.

  • G. Lamar Wilkie says:

    “One-term” Governor Lee needs to govern his state instead of trying to rule it. County Executives and Municipal Boards are far better suited to determine the best timeline for ramping up economic activity in their respective communities. This statewide “one-size-fits-all” approach will result in resumption of business that is, in most cases, far slower than necessary.

    It’s also noteworthy that the CDC is artificially inflating the death toll in this outbreak, by counting ANY death directly caused by, or aggravated by, or even suspected of being related to, COVID-19. This creates a casualty count that is way wrong and feeds the media panic frenzy.

    Let’s get back to WORK with cautious optimism… NOW!

    • James White says:

      “I would rather have 3 million government workers, everyone a thief, than 300 thousand, everyone trying to do good. As the former will only steal from us, but the latter will eventually destroy us.”

    • MARLE says:

      Mr Wilke, didn’t the CDC use those same standards to define “Deaths from annual Flu”? If they did then of course they would apply the same method for assigning “Deaths from Covid”.

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    I’m listening to Pres. Trump’s press conference and he keeps on repeating over and over again that he has complete authority to open and close this country any time he feels like it so long as he has declared that an emergency exists. Sort of gives you a warm feeling doesn’t it fellow conservatives that this is who we are going to have to vote for this November because whoever the Democrats nominate will inevitably be even worse.

    • Karen Bracken says:

      I don’t know what press conferences you are watching but I have heard him say many times he does not tell the Governors what to do when it comes to how they are managing this crisis. Texas is opening up for business and the GOVERNOR made that decision.

      • Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Indeed he does Karen, but listen carefully because he always adds that while he rather the Governors handle it (because he is such a nice guy I guess) but HE HAS THE AUTHORITY TO OVERRULE ANY GOVERNOR WHO CROSSES HIM. Don’t you hear the press keep on peppering him with questions because they can’t believe this REPUBLICAN President is asserting such power? We’re doomed unless the Supreme Court stumbles over the Tenth Amendment real soon!

        • MARLE says:

          So the Dems had a chance to hang him with his assault on the 10 Amendment and within the hour they took that away from themselves with the Gov Cuomo call-in to CNN (see above)

    • MARLE says:

      But I also listened to Andrew Cuomo’s call made to CNN after they broke away from the briefing (propaganda session). They asked him about this and Cuomo gave Trump the BEST quote ever. Cuomo said “We (governors) closed down this country and we are the only ones who can open our states). So……campaign season rolls around that the first half of that stupid admission should be played on every public loud speaker.

    • Eddie White says:

      Trump is not a politician, rather a businessman. I am very satisfied with the way he has managed this health and economic crisis. Of course he does not have the 20/20 luxury of many bloggers or posters. I don’t have the crazed fear of the libertarians or far right nuts that Trump or Lee are on their way to dictatorships. They are attempting to manage a crisis, one that neither created and both are eager to get past. The moves by Trump to restrict international travel and create an economic stimulus package will be prove to be prudent decisions.

      • Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Eddie you are missing the point which is the fact that the Republicans were foolish enough to nominate a “businessman” who has no instinctive feel for the limitation of government power, especially the federal government. which is why he had no problem being a proud Democrat for so many years when it suited his immediate interests. That leftists like Andrew Cuomo or Gretchen Whitmer are quick to assert government power at every opportunity is to be expected, but Republicans are supposed to be opposed to that kind of thing and this Republican President obviously isn’t. The President has the power to limit international travel, but not you and I going to Kentucky or to the corner to buy a package of gum short of violence requiring the imposition of martial law.

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  • Charles Sumner says:

    Wow! The folks represented in this comments section are scary. Hunkering down is to help keep YOU from getting the virus and help the hospitals by flattening the curve. I understand that many are hurt financially by closings. But the entire financial situation could be made much worse if the curve goes higher longer. That could easily happen if you rebellious ones have your way. Everyone financially capable of it has always been advised to keep an emergency fund for unexpected adversity. Did you do that?

  • James White says:

    Did Governor Bill Lee get a search warrant to track us on our cell phones ? #LeeTheTyrant

  • Cannoneer2 says:

    Y’all might enjoy Rep. Trey Hollingsworth’s take on getting people back to work. He’s a native Tennessean, and current resident and Representative for Indiana.

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