A look at preparations for Tennessee lawmakers’ return amid the coronavirus pandemic

The state House and Senate are still at odds about the scope of the upcoming return into session, but that’s not stopping them from getting the Cordell Hull Building prepped for lawmakers’ return.

Here’s a look at some of the changes being made to the legislative office complex:

Plexiglass barriers have been installed in the main House committee room on May 19, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Signs remind visitors to keep a six-foot distance outside the elevator bank in the Cordell Hull Building on May 19, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Taped arrows show the path to the cafeteria in the Cordell Hull Building on May 19, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Audience seats are covered and witness and member chairs are separated in the main Senate committee room on May 19, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Plexiglass barriers were being installed in the main House committee room on May 19, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Plexiglass slides can be pulled back to shield lawmakers when they are sitting in the committee room, as seen on May 19, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

A bench in the entryway of the Cordell Hull Building is taped off on May 19, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Audience seats are covered and witness and member chairs are separated in the main Senate committee room on May 19, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

A middle urinal is taped off in the Cordell Hull Building in the interest of social distancing on May 19, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

17 Responses to A look at preparations for Tennessee lawmakers’ return amid the coronavirus pandemic

  • This has nothing to do with the purge in the Governor’s office. Why did Joe Carr get canned?

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    John Langston says:

    How much money did they spend in this nonsense?

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    LeeAnn C. says:

    Insane. Instead of questioning whether that 6′ social distancing criteria is even really effective, all seem to be perfectly willing to spare no expense or adopt silly procedures to further the ‘new’ normal. Where have all the sane and thinking people gone?

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    Helen Lewis says:

    It’s the new norm…..it’s kindergarten…responsible people in charge have to be role model..Monkey see Monkey….

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    David Collins says:

    The sane and thinking people who are not employed in an essential job (fire, police, medical, etc.) are staying home in an effort to stop, or at least severely slow down, the spread of covin-19. All others who doubt the seriousness of this pandemic need to follow Trump’s lead, i.e. get a bottle of hydroxycloroquine pills, wash them down with a 12 oz. glass of Clorox, replace the tanning lights in the tanning bed with strong ultra-violet bulbs, then climb in and let the combination of the lights and the Lupus medication take care of you.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      I don’t think there are very many “. . .who doubt the seriousness of this pandemic. . . .” The complaints that you apparently haven’t been listening to closely enough is that while the Chinese virus is very serious for those over the age of 70, and anyone if they have certain preexisting conditions, it is statistically not very serious vis a vis the average flu for those under 50. Insofar as most of the “at-risk” population is retired, the fear of overwhelming our healthcare facilities has passed, and this closing of the economy is financially devastating to millions of persons and thousands of state and local governments it is unreasonable to continue the “lock down” any longer in most areas.

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        MARLE says:

        Actually Stuart that cohort under 50 with no serious underlying is at risk if they are among the 10=15% at risk for cytokine storm immune response. That is what killed so many otherwise healthy in the Spanish Flu where most people didn’t live to 70 (or much past 60) and few lived very long with serious conditions in the absence of modern medical drug therapies and surgeries.

        Unless you know if you have the “haywire” immune gene then you, under 50 and otherwise healthy, can die from this.

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        Eddie White says:

        Wonder where that leaves those of us between 50 and 70?

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    so they are allowing normal people to come in? I heard they carry firearms there like in Michigan where they closed the Capitol because of armed people

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Oooooo! Imagine, law abiding people exercising their Second Amendment rights to be armed. Be afraid Beatrice. Be very afraid.

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    James White says:

    Blame #LeeTheTyrant not the virus for the economic shutdown.

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