Market Square on Saturday Afternoon During the Corona Virus Shutdown, Knoxville, March 2020
A new executive order has been issued by Governor Lee. You can read the full order here.
It is set to start at “midnight on the 23rd,” which is midnight tonight, but that may not be clear to some. I’m not exactly sure when the Governor intended this to start. It mandates businesses to offer pick up and delivery “exclusively”. This portion of the order applies to bars, restaurants, and “similar establishments.” It doesn’t mention grocery stores, which I assume means they may continue with in-store purchases.
The order also closes gyms and work-out facilities. It prohibits visitation to nursing homes and similar facilities for reasons other than “essential care.”
The order comes on the heels of a letter from state physicians pleading with the governor to order state-wide “shelter in place” for two weeks. This order does not do that and, in fact “prohibits social gatherings of 10 or more people,” which is older guidance and does not meet the current challenge. Experts are currently saying there should be no social gatherings.