Lee announces end of stay-at-home order for 89 of 95 counties

Gov. Bill Lee speaks at a Philips event in Nashville on April 2, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Gov. Bill Lee announced Monday that stay-at-home orders will expire next week in all but six of Tennessee’s 95 counties.

The counties that will continue to be covered by local bans on nonessential business are Shelby, Davidson, Knox, Hamilton, Madison, and Sullivan.

Here’s the full release from the Lee administration:

Nashville, Tenn. — Today, Governor Bill Lee announced the order for Tennesseans to remain at home will expire April 30, with the vast majority of businesses in 89 counties allowed to re-open on May 1.

“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.

“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.”

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.

36 Responses to Lee announces end of stay-at-home order for 89 of 95 counties

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    Jerry says:

    The discussion of workplace safety, screening, testing, risk mitigation, quarantine protocols, and paid medical leave ought to include representatives of labor. It’s working people who are going to be at risk the most. They need a seat at the table too. Why is there no labor representation?

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      Cannoneer2 says:

      Because this state is run by businesswhiners. Workers need to shut up and head to work when they are told.

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        James White says:

        No one is going to MAKE them go to work, they always have the option not go. (unless Bill MAKES them, which he won’t)

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          Cannoneer2 says:

          Then the businesswhiners will take much pleasure in using one of only two tools of power that they have in their pathetic little self centered lives. They’ll fire that employee.

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    Eddie White says:

    Gov Lee appears to have made the right decisions in this crisis based on the best medical information available. The game plan and timing for May 1 makes sense as well. Let’s get people back to work and as safely as possible. There will never be a zero risk.

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      Karen Bracken says:

      You seem to forget or perhaps you didn’t know but just last week Lee said social distancing would continue in TN until a vaccine was developed. Now all of a sudden he is going to open up the state. Believe me this was a decision he made because of pressure from the public. He wants to be elected again. Of course I didn’t vote for him in the first place and I WILL NOT be voting for his in 2022 if he runs again. I voted Independent and glad I did.

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      Jerry says:

      Key is “as safely as possible”. We need transparency on what epidemiological criteria are being used. How were those countries excepted as opposed to others? Is it consistent (Sumner has more cases than Knox, for example)? Was that decision made by medical or business leaders? We need to hear more about how workplace mitigation, screening, testing, and quarantine procedures will be regulated and monitored. We need representatives of labor involved in that. We probably need the federal government to kick in to fund guaranteed sick leave and coordinate testing. There’s a lot of pieces to the puzzle that don’t appear to be in place yet, and it’s just not right to have business leaders, who let’s be frank will social distance in their offices, making decisions on workplace safety without labor having a seat at the table.

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    John says:

    Maria needs a haircut.

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    Karen Bracken says:

    Social distancing prevents the majority of people that are healthy the chance to develop a natural immunity which would preclude them from shooting poison vaccines into their bodies but the powers to be (Bill Gates actually said this in a recent interview with Ted X Talk) don’t want us to form a natural anti-body. They want us to pad the pockets of big Pharma and Gates by mandating vaccines. Any American that submits to his scheme is a fool. If Lee tries to force vaccines on people or denies entry to school or a job because a person does not want to be vaccinated we WILL impeach him. It has already been proven this virus affects less people than the yearly flu (of course they are fudging the data to drive their agenda) and 99.9% of the people that come in contact with it don’t even know they had it or only show mild cold symptoms. So the best thing they could have done was to sequester the elderly and immune compromised and let the healthy people build their own immunity. This is not rocket science but real science never applies when there is an agenda to be pushed.

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    A most Solomonic move by the Governor. He is allowing freedom reassert itself in most of the state while satisfying the control freaks in our liberal ghettos by removing the controls that so comfort them very, very s-l-o-w-l-y. Good move.

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    MARLE says:

    Well Lee is definitely NOT listening to the White House Guidelines set out by Tru mp’s handpicked whack jobs, Fauci and Birx………………….

    Now if we had only ignored them 6 Trillion dollars and a shattered economy ago.

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      John says:

      How did 40,000 Chinese enter the country after he signed the ban, dumbass? Trump is a damn liar.

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      MARLE says:

      NONE of that could have happened except for Trump. What Liberals, Socialists, or left wingers WANT does not excuse what Trump DID

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        MARLE says:

        ” Best information” came from the Mistake he made in choosing Fauci and Birx. Garbage in Garbage out. They should never have been driving the bus. Trump was supposed to be Sooooooooooooooooooooooo great at choosing the “right people” to put around himself.

        He gets an “F”

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    John Stewart says:

    Mark it down. There is going to be a terrible price by opening before a robust testing program is in place. Once that happens and the virus spikes and deaths multiply, there will be a mad scramble to reinstate all the restrictions that Lee is about to suspend. Only this time it will be twice as difficult and the costs will be at least twice as high. The Tennessee economy will then really be in the tank, just because Lee didn’t have the guts to do what everyone who knows anything about pandemics says should be done and because the president doesn’t know what in hell he is doing from hour to hour.
    Just mark it down.

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      MARLE says:

      What does Robust Testing look like, John. Can’t be Temperature check b/c they tell us most contagious time is 2 days prior to symptoms. It can’t be blood test for 200 Million people EVERY DAY b/c that is the only way to tell you won’t get the virus 24 hrs after being tested.

      Face it……..there is NO Way to test. The only reason Public Health people like Fauci and Birx is to gather data for models and to create a data base for the future. Testing was Never to help anyone keep themselves safe

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    Tim White says:

    It’s easy to agree or disagree without consequences.
    I’m very thankful for our state and federal leadership.

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    Tennessee Voter says:

    Thank you John Stewart….what happens when numbers of stricken patients exceed reserves that still have not been compiled due to price gouging or lack of production. There are previously healthy individuals that have died as a result of this virus. No one knows how many people may have had the disease and been fortunate enough to remain well or only mildly ill. Testing widely has just started this past weekend and continuing through at least the end of the month. Until those results can be reviewed, a strategic reopening plan cannot be developed. I am so tired of politics being the driving force for any decisions that should be made based on science and facts. When did common sense go out the window in this state and our country? When did rhetoric become news?

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    Joey Norsworthy says:

    I will tell you all what I AM SICK AND TIRED of hearing. All of the negative, hateful, egotistical comments directed toward nearly everyone who has to make a hard decision. Come on people. Be nice and thank Almighty God that you are not the one having to make a hard decision. No question, we are in a tough spot that none of us, unless you are 100 years old, has ever been in. There has to be someone with guts enough to make a wise and balanced decision. I have been asking God to give Governor Lee and his ream this wisdom. It’s the very best I can do.

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      Lance Persson says:

      Thanks for posting a common sense statement rather than an emotional ranting. Good to know there are some people out there that who look at things objectively.

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    LeeAnn C. says:

    It’s about time that Governor Lee indicates that the voices of the stomped upon small businesses matter. I’m still concerned with the mantra ‘social distancing works so we must keep it’. That could keep a lot of services shut down. I’ve yet to see any reports anywhere that prove that social distancing and specifically 6′ is the most effective and essential precaution everyone must take. Everyone is supposed to have been washing hands, cleaning surfaces, avoiding touching face, etc. What level of effectiveness have those measures have been measured? He’d win more of my trust if he acknowledge that it was the executive orders that have flattened businesses, nor coronavirus. I hope and pray that the small business owners are getting the relief they need to stay afloat. I’m afraid he’s drug his heels too long!

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    Richard Sawaya Sr says:

    WHat about Sevier County !!!!!!!!!!! There will be more people here than you can shake a stick at, Tourist will be flooding this county and most feel that we should wait longer at least till June sir ~with all the motels, hotels, resorts, attractions I am sure we will see a spike !!! I am 69 still working and do not wish to go back to work especially with underling conditions !! and there are many in the same boat as I I hope you will reconsider Sevier Co !!

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      MARLE says:

      This virus is Not going away in another couple of weeks Richard. Not in May. Not in June

      What you seem to want is for every healthy young person to stay home and out of work b/c You are old (I am 2 yrs older than you are) and you aren’t healthy. Isn’t that a bit selfish?

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        Jonathan Swift says:

        It is no more selfish than the thousands who want to go back to normal at the risk of infecting others.

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    James White says:

    The ERG can not save us. Congress has spent Trillions/Billions and the government bailouts and stimulus are supposed to offset the lost income, it will do more harm in the long run, as governments cannot create wealth. Expanding the money supply will increase inflation and that damage will be long lasting if they do not open the country ASAP.

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