NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Governor Invoice Lee introduced the tip of statewide public well being orders Tuesday morning and signed Govt Order 80 to handle financial and regulatory capabilities.
Govt Order 80 additionally ends the native authority to subject masks necessities within the 89 counties directed by the state well being division. It should go into impact Wednesday at 12:01 a.m.
“COVID-19 is now a managed public well being subject in Tennessee and not a statewide public well being emergency,” mentioned Gov. Lee. “As Tennesseans proceed to get vaccinated, it’s time to elevate remaining native restrictions, give attention to financial restoration and get again to enterprise in Tennessee.”
EO 80 incorporates the next provisions and is efficient by Might 31, 2021:
Eradicating Native Masks Authority
Whereas Tennessee has by no means had a statewide masks mandate, EO 80 removes the native authority for county mayors in 89 of the state’s 95 counties to require face coverings all through their jurisdictions.
Gov. Lee has requested counties with impartial well being departments – Shelby, Madison, Davidson, Hamilton, Knox and Sullivan – which have remaining enterprise restrictions or masks necessities to elevate all measures no later than the tip of Might.
Extending Deregulatory Provisions
EO 80 extends useful deregulatory provisions to allow people, companies and different organizations time to adapt their operations in anticipation of ending mentioned provisions.
Sustaining Federal Funding
EO 80 maintains Tennessee’s entry to federal funding, together with SNAP advantages and price reimbursements for the Tennessee Nationwide Guard’s testing and vaccination efforts.
Along with EO 80, the next provisions are efficient instantly:
Providing Stroll-Up Vaccine Possibility
Whereas the COVID-19 vaccine continues to be obtainable to Tennesseans aged 16 and older by appointment, native well being departments will now supply a walk-up possibility.
Retiring Non-compulsory Enterprise Steering
The Tennessee Pledge enterprise tips issued at first of COVID-19 have been formally retired.
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