Gov. Bill Lee announces stay-at-home order expiring April 30; state to begin phased reopening in some counties

Gov. Bill Lee announced April 20 that the state's stay-at-home order will expire April 30. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Bill Lee announced April 20 that the state's stay-at-home order will expire April 30. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gov. Bill Lee announced April 20 that the state's stay-at-home order will expire April 30. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gov. Bill Lee announced April 20 that he will not extend the state's stay-at-home order, which is set to expire April 30, and that the vast majority of businesses across the state will begin reopening early next week.

Lee said some businesses will be allowed to reopen as soon as April 27, with even more businesses set to reopen by May 1.

At a press conference, Lee said more details will be announced in the coming days regarding which businesses will be allowed to open first.

“Our Economic Recovery Group is working with industry leaders around the clock so that some businesses can open as soon as Monday, April 27,” Lee said. “These businesses will open according to specific guidance that we will provide in accordance with state and national experts in both medicine and business.”

However, Lee said state will continue to work with Davidson, Shelby, Madison, Hamilton, Knox and Sullivan counties and their respective health departments to establish their own strategies to reopen.


“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,” Lee said. “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.”

As of April 20, there are 7,238 cases of coronavirus reported in the state of Tennessee, according to the latest update from the Tennessee Department of Health. The case count on April 20 marks an increase of over 150 confirmed cases since April 19, with 152 deaths, 3,575 recoveries and 730 total hospitalizations, according to the health department.

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