Non-contact sports, summer camps can resume under new TN guidance

A sign welcomes willing customers to a barber shop in Winchester, Tenn., on May 17, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Gov. Bill Lee’s Economic Recovery Group has released its latest guidance for reopening the state amid the coronavirus pandemic. Under the new guidelines, non-contact sports can resume, as can summer camps.

Here’s the full release:

Nashville, Tenn. – Governor Bill Lee’s Economic Recovery Group issued new guidelines today for noncontact sports, camps, and higher education under the Tennessee Pledge. Since the state began its measured reopening in late April, nearly every industry is now able to resume business in some capacity with specific recommendations to preserve and protect the health and safety of all Tennesseans.

“We’re able to continue reopening our state thanks to the sustained efforts by Tennesseans to social distance and mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Gov. Lee.  “It’s important we continue to take personal responsibility for our health and the health of our neighbors, while recognizing and honoring the need for Tennesseans to get back to work and support their families.”

Under Executive Order No. 38 issued May 22, noncontact sports may resume under certain precautions, including efforts to maintain social distancing, wear masks when feasible and added sanitization measures. Sports that may return under the current guidelines include but are not limited to baseball, softball, volleyball, golf, disc golf, tennis and racket sports, cycling, track and field and other running events, and equestrian. Contact sports such as football, wrestling, and hockey are not permitted except for practicing in a manner that does not involve close physical contact with other persons.

Previously released summer camp guidance has been expanded to address the safe reopening of overnight camps. The Economic Recovery Group recommends additional protective measures for residential camps, including thorough pre-screening measures, limited mixing of campers and staff and modified sleeping arrangements, among a number of additional efforts to protect campers and staff.

Newly released Higher Ed guidelines recommend a number of safety precautions to protect staff and students. Recommendations to Tennessee colleges and universities include establishing policies for on-campus housing, how to isolate and care for sick students and staff, limiting number of attendees for in-person classes, and other measures. This guidance was created by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission in partnership with state colleges and universities and related associations and the Unified Command.

Full guidelines can be found on for:

Six counties – Shelby, Madison, Davidson, Hamilton, Knox and Sullivan – may continue to follow individual, county-specific reopening plans created in consultation with State and local health departments.

The Economic Recovery Group (ERG), composed of 30 leaders from the public and private sector, is crafting guidance to assist businesses in a safe reopening. The industry representatives participating in the ERG collectively represent over 140,000 Tennessee businesses that employ over 2.5M Tennesseans. More information about ERG is available here.

31 Responses to Non-contact sports, summer camps can resume under new TN guidance

  • steve cates says:

    IF anyone thinks at this point that anyone in TN is going to follow any “guidelines” set forth by Bill Lee must have been in a coma for the last eight weeks!!!

    • Eddie White says:

      I haven’t toured the state recently, but in Wilson County it appears that most businesses are following the governor’s guidelines. Our church begins in person services next month and is following the Tennessee Pledge guidelines.

  • Beatrice Shaw says:

    This Governor is very wishy washy

  • James White says:

    “take personal responsibility for our health” – hard to do when Ruled by Tyrants. #LeeTheTyrant

  • Karen Bracken says:

    Hasn’t the Governor gotten the memo? The FAKE PANDEMIC is over. We need to return to normal life and the people must not mask, social distance or stop personal contact with their friends, family and neighbors. Lee is acting like a Democrat. Perhaps he needs to have a conversation with the Governor of South Dakota and get some lessons on how to be a Republican.

    • James White says:

      ” Lee is acting like a Democrat.” Karen, I don’t believe he is acting.

      • Eddie White says:

        Ironic, James was telling us that Lee was the best candidate during the primary, based on no record of course.

        • James White says:

          Well I did think he would obey his oath to the constitution at least. But not surprised. And I did vote for Coon Rippey in the end…

          • Eddie White says:

            Throw away vote- keep helping the Democrats…

          • James White says:

            Yet the Republicans won and look at the mess we are in….
            “There’s not a dimes’s worth of difference between the parties”

          • Eddie White says:

            Unless you are pro-life…which I am….

          • James White says:

            Yet planned parent hood was funded during the Republican controlled House. They gotta vote for the BIG Budget.

          • Eddie White says:

            This country currently has the most pro-life president in its history. This state has the most pro-life governor in the state’s history. They are Republicans. There is a clear difference between the two parties on this issue and many others. Voting for obscure candidates who have no chance of winning is your right, but contributes nothing to advancing good policy.

    • David Collins says:

      Why don’t you try personally telling the loved ones of the 100,000 people who have DIED from your “FAKE PANDEMIC” that it’s a fake? The death toll keeps going up daily, almost hourly, and you maintain that the pandemic is over? Whatever you’ve been smoking–STOP!

    • MARLE says:

      You mean the Fake Pandemic droned on about for weeks (and months actually) by Trump-heralded Fauci and Birx. Trump called them Brilliant and beset them upon us daily on a stage he provided.

      • Eddie White says:

        Marle, you have been telling us this is no more than the flu. I see where the flu has caused 62,000 deaths this past fall and spring. In the past 3 months, this virus from China has claimed 100,000 deaths. The earth is round, we landed on the moon, and Trump was right about the pandemic. Trump is also right to push the country to now get reopened.

        • MARLE says:

          Trump said the pandemic was FAKE. The people he put on stage did not. What could be more mixed-message than that? As for the this flu killing more people because it is more virulent Id don’t think so. It has killed more for 2 reasons. No immunity (not b/c the virus itself is more deadly) and 2) Because of hospital staff treatment of patients. NY, where most deaths occurred, had protocols that, were it not for indemnity, would be a huge financial problem for them

  • LeeAnn C. says:

    The day of the decommissioning of the unelected rulers in the Unified Command and Economic Recovery Group cannot arrive soon enough! So sick of this alternate appointed government and rule by Executive Order,!

  • I just don’t want to lose my state job no mater what. Hope my raise still comes through. I still have to live and take care of elderly parents

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  • This article has nothing to do with Joe Carr being forced out of his 135k a year job in TDEC. It is confirmed by very reliable sources. More will come out (as I know what happened) if he starts rattling his political saber again. Farm life and doting on his wife are best now

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Tillis and McSally are both running behind their Democratic opponents. Worthless centrist/tepid conservative Republicans are going to get cleared out hopefully allowing conservatives to take their place.

  • Eddie White says:

    The only thing you get is a Democratic senate who may also have a Democratic President and House of Representatives. That logic is sounding more like James White.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      No Eddie, I was merely following Phil’s lead by using this “Response” section to post unrelated tidbits of interest to no one in particular except me. The point I was making was not one which I am happy about, it’s simply that Republicans appoint/nominate uninteresting tepid conservatives like Tillis (Heritage-63%) and centrists like McSally (58%) because they can win (McSally is about to be a two time loser to a Democratic opponent) when in fact they lose.

  • Eddie White says:

    I hope both Tillis(graduated with my wife in the Antioch HS Class of 78), and NcNally both win their races. I really don’t won’t to sacrifice the senate at this point to try to gain points later.

  • So you know I’m correct. That’s what matters. The moderator of this page should do a public records request on Joe Carr’s rapid departure. (Possible hint- #metoo )

  • Mayor John Cooper’s riot. He was with them till 8pm stoking it. I watched it live online

    • James White says:

      Communism always comes from within, traitors to the constitution.

    • James White says:

      Primary Purpose of Riots
      1. Destroy areas ofa city to make life miserable for residents.
      2. Create the condition: Control over all the people
      3. Create the condition: Separate citizens from local police
      4. The call for national presence over local police

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