This Order repeals the following Executive Orders: 17, 21, 22, 23, 27, and 29 - extending the closure of certain business types until May 29. However, based on news reports, it is expected the Governor will be releasing additional information soon that may allow for an earlier reopening of certain businesses. We will continue to provide updates as soon as the information is available.
Order No. 30 builds upon the "Tennessee Pledge" issued April 24.
As previously announced:
Beginning April 27 - Restaurants were able to open at 50% capacity with certain restrictions. Curbside carryout and alcohol carryout/ delivery with food purchase still permitted with certain restrictions.
Beginning April 29 - Retail establishments were able to open at 50% capacity with certain restrictions.
Beginning May 1 - Exercise Facilities may open with certain restrictions.
Additions in Order No. 30
- The Order urges the public to wear face coverings in public places.
- Social gatherings of ten or more still prohibited
- Places of worship encouraged to remain virtual
- The order still prohibits social gatherings of ten or more through May 29. This includes but is not limited to festivals, fairs, parades, youth and adult sporting events, overnight summer youth camps, and other types of social or recreational assemblies or gatherings.
The Order explains that religious services, rites, or gatherings, weddings, and funerals are not social gatherings and nothing in the Order mandates closure of a place of worship or prohibits weddings or funerals as a matter of law. However, places of worship are strongly encouraged to continue to utilize virtual or online services and gatherings. Guidelines are to be issued by the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives regarding in-person services. The Order also strongly encourages public celebration of weddings and funerals be postponed or attended only by close family members.
Nursing homes and similar facilities remain closed to visitors.
Close-contact services that remain closed to the public include:
- Barber shops, hair salons, aesthetician services, nail salons
- Spas providing body treatments
- Body art facilities, tattoo services
- Tanning salons
- Massage therapy establishments or massage therapy services
Entertainment, recreational, and certain other gathering venues remain closed to the public and include:
- Bowling alleys
- Concert venues
- Sporting event venues
- Performing arts centers, and similar facilities
- Indoor children’s play areas
- Adult entertainment venues
- Amusement parks
- Senior centers or equivalent facilities
- Roller or ice skating rinks
Bars, night clubs, and live performance venues may qualify to serve food to customers seated at tables but must follow ERG guidelines for restaurants.
Non-emergency dental and oral procedures and elective and non-urgent surgical and invasive procedures outlined in Order No. 25 remain effective through April 30, 2020.
Local Authority Information
There are many questions about the confusing nature of the statewide (89 counties) Orders and how they are different to the six "most populous counties" which are Davidson, Sullivan, Hamilton, Madison, Shelby and Knox. These counties have their own locally-run health departments and have authority to implement alternative plans.
Blount County is part of the remaining 89 counties that are governed by the State and the statutes listed here during a pandemic. These counties do not have the authority to implement alternative plans to those issued by the Governor and cannot override decisions made by the Governor.