Bill Lee

Bill Lee

Gov. Bill Lee recently extended his state of emergency declaration for the state, but lifted all coronavirus-related restrictions on businesses and large gatherings.

Lee said the state of emergency would continue through October to ensure federal aid as the state surpassed 203,000 cases of COVID-19.

“Tennessee’s response continues to be one of the most targeted in the country and a continued State of Emergency ensures we have access to additional federal funds, ensure our health care capacity is stable and loosen restrictions that would otherwise hinder our response time,” Lee said. “COVID-19 is still a serious problem and I encourage every Tennessean to continue social distancing and doing their part to make wise choices and help mitigate the spread of the virus.”

Lee also removed caps on gathering sizes, which the state said have proven “overly complex and arbitrary because they do not adequately account for critical considerations such as venue capacity and physical characteristics, type of activity involved, and location.”

Businesses are now allowed to operate without restrictions, ushering in the near-final stage of reopening in the state.

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