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Tennessee: State-by-State COVID-19 Guidance

TENNESSEE

May 26, 2020:

Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order #38 which encourages Tennesseans to return to work while complying with the Economic Recovery Group’s Guidelines. Executive Order #38 includes the following provisions that:

  • Continue to promote social distancing and urge people to wear masks in public.
  • Encourage businesses and organizations to return to work while allowing employees to continue working from home.
  • Permit groups of up to 50 people to participate in social and recreational activities—this limit does not apply to places of worship, weddings, funerals and related events, and it does not preclude more than 50 people from gathering in a single venue so long as they are in smaller groups that maintain appropriate social distance.
  • Allow bars to reopen in accordance with restaurant guidelines.
  • Continue to prohibit contact sporting events and activities, except that collegiate and professional sporting events and activities are permitted in accordance with the rules of their respective governing bodies.
  • Direct senior centers, nursing homes and similar such facilities for the elderly to remain closed to visitors, unless in the discretion of the facility the visit involves critical assistance for the resident, is to a resident receiving end of life care, or may be accomplished without unreasonable risk to other residents or staff.
  • Continue to allow take-out alcohol sales by restaurants so as to encourage carry out and delivery orders.

Executive Order #38 is repeals Executive Orders #30, #33, and #35, and went into effect May 22, 2020.

May 21, 2020:

(City of Nashville and Davidson County): Nashville and Davidson County will enter Phase 2 of the Roadmap for Reopening Nashville on Monday, May 25, 2020. On May 25, retail stores, commercial businesses, and restaurants may reopen at 75% capacity. Restaurant and bars must remain closed, but live entertainment with no more than 2 performers at a time is permitted with proper social distancing. Gyms, recreation facilities, museums, nail salons, hair salons, and tattoo parlors may open at half capacity. Socially driven businesses such as bars and clubs remain closed. Gatherings of up to 25 people are permitted. Residents 65 and older and high risk individuals should remain at home. All residents should wear masks in public, and those with the ability to work from home should continue to do so.

May 19, 2020:

(City of Memphis and Shelby County): Effective May 18, 2020 the City of Memphis and Shelby County moved into Phase II of their Back-to-Business Plan. The move to Phase II allows gatherings of up to 50 people so long as they observe social distancing and wear masks, increases capacity for libraries and gyms from 25% to 50%, and allows recreation facilities such as bowling alleys, arcades, and dance classes to open at 50% capacity so long as people remain in groups of less than 10 people and avoid contact with individuals from other groups. Contact sport facilities, car washes, nail salons, tattoo parlors, and swimming pools are also allowed to open in conformance with industry-specific protocols.

May 12, 2020:

Governor Bill Lee issued two executive orders. Executive Order #36 extends and consolidates provisions from several previous Executive Orders to continue the suspension of a very wide range of laws in response to the COVID-19 emergency, including provisions relating to health care services, prescription processing, laboratory services, emergency services, transportation services, unemployment benefits, financial services, and child care services. Executive Order #36 also extends the prohibition against price gauging through June 1, 2020, and expiration dates for many licenses and inspections are extended or suspended. Executive Order #36 is effective May 18, 2020 through June 30, 2020.

Executive Order #37 extends the provisions of Executive Order #36, to continue allowing remote notarization and witnessing of documents. Executive Order #37 is effective May 18, 2020 through June 29, 2020.

May 8, 2020:

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order #35 which amended Executive Order #30 to allow small-group, non-contact entertainment, recreational and other gathering venues to open on May 8, 2020, so long as people are in groups of less than 10 and people maintain at least 6 feet of separation from other people or groups of less than 10 outside of their own group. Examples of venues that may be permitted to open include bowling alleys, climbing gyms, water sports, golf driving ranges and dance classes. Bars, night clubs, live performance venues, theaters, amusement parks, and other venues where operation is likely to result in people being in groups of 10 or more or coming into close proximity to other people outside their household or small group of less than 10 people must remain closed. All businesses that reopen under Executive Order #35 should comply with the Economic Recovery Group’s Non-contact Recreation Guidelines.

May 7, 2020:

(City of Nashville and Davidson County): Nashville and Davidson County will enter Phase 1 of the Roadmap for Reopening Nashville on Monday, May 11, 2020. On May 11, retail stores, restaurants, and commercial businesses may reopen at half capacity, all residents should wear masks in public, and no gatherings of more than 10 people are permitted. Residents 65 and over should remain at home and those having the ability to work at home should continue to do so.

(City of Memphis): Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland issued two Orders continuing Phase 1 of the City’s reopening plan and the COVID-19 state of emergency. Order No. 13-2020 amends and replaces Order No. 12-2020, and includes the following:

  • Individuals should stay home except when engaging in necessary activities and should minimize in person contact outside of those in their household
  • Individuals must comply with Social Distancing Requirements and are encouraged to wear masks when in public
  • Gatherings of 10 or more remain prohibited
  • Phase I businesses are allowed to reopen, and they must
    • Operate in accordance with the COVID-19 Compliant Protocol
    • Comply with occupancy limits
    • Practice social distancing
  • Certain businesses remain closed, including close contact personal services, entertainment and performance venues, contact sport facilities, and public playground equipment
  • Big box grocery, pharmacy and hardware stores must provide at least one hour of access for vulnerable populations, i.e., those 55 and older, pregnant or with serious underlying medical conditions
  • Medical and dental procedures and operation of places of worship are subject to Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Orders

Mayor Strickland also issued Order No. 14-2020 extending his declaration of a state of emergency relating to COVID-19 an additional 7 days, through May 11, 2020.

Both Orders are effective May 5, 2020.

May 6, 2020:

Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order #33 amending Executive Order #30 to permit close contact businesses to open in accordance with the Close Contact Business Guidelines. Affected businesses include but are not limited to barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, tanning salons, and tattoos services.

Governor Lee also issued Executive Order #34 which extends the provisions of Executive Order #16 to allow governing bodies to continue to meet electronically regarding essential business through June 30, 2020, provided they meet certain requirements to ensure public access, transparency and openness.

Both Executive Orders #33 and #34 are effective May 6, 2020.

May 3, 2020:

Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order #32 which amends Executive Order #15 to:

  • Extend the prohibition on price gouging until May 18, 2020
  • Extend the deadline for TNIvestco annual audited financial statements until July 31, 2020
  • Authorize free copies of business entity filings for those seeking state or federal financial relief until August 1, 2020
  • Allow discretion to utilize the Tennessee National Guard to assist in the operation and security of state penitentiaries during the COVID-19 emergency
  • Permit remote shareholder meetings provided certain requirements are met, including the ability of shareholders to submit questions, read or hear the proceedings, be deemed present, and vote
  • Suspend certain requirements regarding service level requirements of the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Facilitate the provision of, and payment for, physical, occupational and speech therapy services through telemedicine

(Knoxville and Knox County) Knoxville and Knox County began their gradual reopening of business May 1, 2020. Knoxville and Knox County have adopted a three phase approach, each phase will last at least 28 days.

(Memphis and Shelby County) Shelby County, the City of Memphis and surrounding municipalities announced that they will begin phase 1 of their Back to Business framework on Monday, May 4, 2020.

(Nashville and Davidson County) The Safer at Home Order for Nashville and Davidson County is in effect through May 8, 2020. On May 1, 2020, the Chief Medical Director for Nashville and Davidson County issued Order 4, directing citizens to wear a cloth face covering or mask to cover their nose and mouth whenever in a community setting. The Order notes that face coverings or masks are not a substitute for social distancing and advises that they should not be placed on children under the age of 2 or when it would be contrary to the wearer’s health or safety. The Order also directs businesses to post signage at all public entrances advising them of the need to wear masks. Order 4 is effective May 1 through May 31, 2020.

May 1, 2020:

(Memphis and Shelby County): Shelby County, the City of Memphis and surrounding municipalities announced that they will being phase 1 of their Back to Business framework on Monday, May 4, 2020.

(Nashville and Davidson County): The Safer at Home Order for Nashville and Davidson County extends through May 8, 2020. On May 1, 2020, the Chief Medical Director for Nashville and Davidson County issued Order 4, directing citizens to wear a cloth face covering or mask to cover their nose and mouth whenever in a community setting. The Order notes that face coverings or masks are not a substitute for social distancing and advises that they should not be placed on children under the age of 2 or when it would be contrary to the wearer’s health or safety. The Order also directs businesses to post conspicuous signage at all public entrances advising them of the need to wear masks. Order 4 is effective May 1 through May 31, 2020.

(Knoxville and Knox County): Knoxville and Knox County are beginning their gradual reopening of business May 1, 2020. Knoxville and Knox County have adopted a three phase approach, each phase will last at least 28 days.

April 30, 2020:

Governor Lee issued Executive Order #31 which continues the bar on non-emergency dental or oral procedures, including hygiene visits, cosmetic procedures, and other elective procedures, through May 5, 2020. The bar on non-emergency dental procedures was first issued by Executive Order #18, effective March 24, 2020 and continued through April 30, 2020 by Executive Order #25.

Tennessee’s Economic Recovery Group (ERG) released guidance for reopening close contact services on May 6.

April 29, 2020:

Governor Lee issued Executive Order #30, which repeals Tennessee’s Stay at Home order and establishes guidelines for returning to work in Tennessee. Among its provisions, the Order:

  • Encourages Tennesseans to return to work, while also urging employers to enable employees to work remotely from home
  • Limits social gatherings of 10 or more people, but specifically excludes religious services, weddings and funerals from this limitation
  • Urges people to wear face coverings when in public places
  • Instructs people to take special care to protect vulnerable
  • Maintains restriction on visitors to nursing homes and similar facilities

Businesses that provide close contact personal services (such as barber shops, hair salons and tattoo parlors) and entertainment venues (such as bars, night clubs and live performance venues) remain closed until further notice. The Order urges businesses that are reopening to comply with guidance issued by Tennessee’s Economic Recover Group (ERG) and the Health Guidelines set forth in the Order.

Finally, the Order precludes local orders, except in six metropolitan counties that have their own health department (Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, Madison, Shelby and Sullivan counties), and no local orders are permitted regarding provision of medical and dental procedures.

Executive Order #30 is effective April 29 through May 29, 2020, and its expressly supersedes and repeals Executive Order #17, Executive Order #21, Executive Order #22, Executive Order #23, Executive Order #27, and Executive Order #29.

April 28, 2020:

Governor Lee’s Tennessee Pledge lays out his plan for reopening Tennessee businesses when the statewide Stay At Home Order expires on April 30. Restaurants were permitted to open at half capacity effective April 27, 2020 and retail stores are permitted to open at half capacity effective April 29, 2020 so long as they comply with the ERG’s retail guidelines. On April 28, Tennessee’s Economy Recovery Group (ERG) released guidance for safely reopening gyms and exercise facilities effective May 30, 2020. Note, the Tennessee Pledge does not apply to three metropolitan counties in Tennessee (Shelby, Davidson and Knox), which developed their own phased plans for reopening.

April 27, 2020:

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke announced on Twitter that the city would reopen restaurants in accordance with Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order #29. Chattanooga is located in Hamilton County, which announced last week that it would reopen in accordance with Governor Lee’s Tennessee Pledge.

Shelby County and the City of Memphis, Tennessee announced their Back to Business Framework, a three phase approach for reopening. The plan applies to Shelby County, the City of Memphis and six surrounding municipalities. The Back to Business Framework will take effect following the expiration of the current Safer at Home orders. Shelby County’s Safer at Home order expires on April 30, 2020, and Memphis’s Safer at Home order extends through May 5, 2020.

Knox County and Knoxville leaders announced their reopening plan, which calls for a three phase reopening of business beginning on May 1, 2020.

April 26, 2020:

Tennessee’s Stay At Home Order expires on April 30. Governor Lee’s Tennessee Pledge lays out his plan for reopening Tennessee businesses. On April 24, 2020, Governor Lee issued Executive Order #29, which amends prior Executive Orders to allow restaurants to reopen for on-siting dining effective April 27, 2020. Executive Order #29 requires restaurants to operate in accordance with the restaurant guidelines issued by Governor Lee’s Economic Recovery Group (ERG). Executive Order #29 applies unless a local county health department in one of six counties independently prohibits or otherwise regulates the operation of restaurants in its county. The six counties (Shelby, Madison, Davidson, Hamilton, Knox and Sullivan counties) are cooperating with the ERG to plan their unique operating strategies. The Mayors of Tennessee’s largest cities, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga, formed the Tennessee Major Metros Economic Restart Task Force to plan and coordinate the restoration of business in their cities.

(Memphis): Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s Safer at Home order extends through May 5, 2020, however Mayor Strickland stated that his plan for reopening with conditions will be announced early the week of April 27, 2020.

Davidson County (Nashville): Nashville’s Safer at Home order expired on April 24, 2020 and Nashville Mayor Jim Cooper announced the city’s Roadmap for Reopening. The Roadmap for Reopening Nashville establishes four phases of reopening based on progressive progress and improvement in metrics related to new cases of COVID-19, testing capacity and results, public health capacity to investigate and monitor cases, and health care system capacity. Phase 1 is currently in effect, and requires all residents to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. Restaurants and bars remain closed except for curbside service and takeout, retail stores, nail and hair salon, gyms, playgrounds and sports venues remain closed. Healthcare and dental services may begin providing routine and elective care beginning on April 30, 2020 for individuals less than age 70. Phase 2 will go into effect when there is positive improvement/stability in metrics for 14 days.

Knox County (Knoxville): Knox County continues to operate under Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s Stay At Home Order which expires on April 30, 2020. Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs and Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon issued a joint statement on April 24, 2020 announcing that they will make a further announcement regarding plans to reopen on Monday, April 27, 2020.

April 22, 2020:

The Stay At Home Order in Tennessee expires on April 30. On April 21, Governor Lee announced a plan for re-opening the economy in 89 of the state’s 95 counties. A phased reopening is set to begin on April 27, to reopen certain non-essential businesses such as retail, restaurants and close contact services. Tennessee’s Economic Recovery Group is working with officials from the remaining six counties (Shelby, Madison, Davidson, Hamilton, Knox and Sullivan) which comprise the state’s major metropolitan areas to plan their unique reopening strategies. Further and up to date information on all orders in place in Tennessee can be accessed here.

April 15, 2020:

Governor Lee announced that free COVID-19 testing will be available for any Tennessean regardless of traditional symptoms. Expanded testing will begin this weekend, April 18-19 with the Tennessee National Guard establishing 15 drive through testing sites across the state. Drive through test sites will also be available April 25-26 and May 2-3.

April 14, 2020:

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order 27 which extends the social distancing and stay at home requirements of prior Executive Orders until April 30, 2020. Executive Order 27 orders the extension of Executive Order 17 , Executive Order 21, Executive Order 22 and Executive Order 23, which collectively require Tennesseans to stay at home unless engaged in Essential Activity or Essential Services, and closed non-essential businesses.

April 9, 2020:

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order #25 which is effective April 9 through 30, 2020. The Order amends and supersedes Executive Order #18 and requires health care facilities and providers to postpone elective and non-urgent surgical and invasive procedures. It defines elective and non-urgent procedures as “procedures that can be delayed until the expiration of this Order because they are not required to provide life-sustaining treatment, to prevent death or risk of substantial impairment of a major bodily function, or to prevent rapid deterioration or serious adverse consequences to a patient’s physical condition” as reasonably determined by a licensed medical provider. The Order additionally:

  • Requires health care facilities and providers to limit attendance in the rooms where surgeries and invasive procedures are being performed to essential personnel
  • Encourages non-hospital health care providers not impacted by the Order to provide necessary personal protective equipment to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency
  • Reiterates the directive of Executive Order 18 prohibiting dental providers from performing non-emergency dental or oral procedures
  • Suspends any state or local law, order, rule or regulation that would limit the application of the Order

April 3, 2020:

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed Executive Order #23 which requires Tennesseans to stay at home except when engaging in Essential Activity. The Governor issued Executive Order 23 in response to information indicating that citizens were not heeding Executive Order #22, which simply urged citizens to stay home except to engage in Essential Activities. All other provisions of Executive Order 22 remain in effect, including the definitions of Essential Activity and Essential Services.

Governor Lee also issued Executive Order #24 which amends Executive Order #15 to extend and broaden suspension of certain laws and regulations across a wide range of areas, including but not limited to:

  • Use of telemedicine services for treatment of diagnosed behavioral or mental health conditions
  • Price gouging prohibitions (extended through April 18, 2020)
  • Suspension of the expiration of marriage licenses until June 30, 2020
  • Extension of the deadline for filing applications for tax relief and tax freeze until July 1, 2020
  • Easing of requirements for previously certified law enforcement officers to work full-time
  • Extension of the deadline for filing professional privilege taxes until July 1, 2020

Executive Order #24 is effective until May 18, 2020.

March 31, 2020:

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order 21 and Executive Order 22.

Executive Order 21 extends the effective date of Executive Order 17 through April 14, 2020 and adds additional businesses and venues that should not be open to the public, including but not limited to barber shops and hair salons, spas, tattoo parlors, night clubs, theaters and children’s indoor play areas.

Executive Order 22 implements Safer at Home provisions, directing citizens to stay at home unless engaging in Essential Activities or Services and ordering the closure of non-essential businesses for public use. Critical infrastructure remains operational and government entities will continue to provide services. Orders 17 and 21 remain in full force and effect. Order 22 is effective April 1 and remains in effect through April 14.

Essential Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Activities essential to a person’s health and safety
  • Obtaining necessary services or supplies
  • Providing or receiving delivery or curbside carry out
  • Engaging in outdoor activity, but not including congregating or playing on playgrounds
  • Caring for or visiting a family member or friend
  • Visiting a place of worship or attending a wedding or funeral
  • Engaging in Essential Travel

Essential Travel includes:

  • Travel related to Essential Activity
  • Travel related to Essential Services
  • Travel to care for vulnerable persons
  • Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning or related services
  • Travel to or from the State of Tennessee
  • Travel required by law, law enforcement or court order

Essential Services include:

  1. Personnel identified by the Department of Homeland Security in its Advisory Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response
  2. Health Care and Public Health Operations
  3. Human Services Operations
  4. Essential Infrastructure Operations
  5. Essential Government Functions
  6. Food and Medicine Stores
  7. Food and Beverage Production and Agriculture
  8. Organizations the Provide Charitable and Social Services
  9. Religious and Ceremonial Functions
  10. Media
  11. Gas Stations and Businesses needed for Transportation
  12. Financial Institutions and Insurance Entities
  13. Hardware and Supply Stores
  14. Critical Trades
  15. Mail, Post, Shipping, Logistics, Delivery, and Pick-Up Services
  16. Educational Institutions
  17. Laundry Services
  18. Restaurants for Off-Premises Consumption
  19. Supplies to Work from Home
  20. Supplies for Essential Businesses and Operations
  21. Transportation
  22. Home-based Care and Services
  23. Residential Facilities and Shelters
  24. Professional Services
  25. Manufacturing, Distribution and Supply Chain for Critical Products and Industries
  26. Hotels and Motels
  27. Funeral Services
  28. Any business listed as an Essential Activity as defined in Executive Order 22
  29. Any other business or organization that operates at all times with 10 or fewer people accessing the premises at any time
  30. The minimum necessary activities required to maintain any business or organization whether otherwise essential or not

March 27, 2020:

Governor Lee issued Executive Order #20 which suspended certain licensing and oversight requirements for health care facilities and providers, including rules relating to initial licensure fees and notarization requirements, continuing education requirements, inspections and investigations related to complaints and surveys, ratio of pharmacy technicians and pharmacists, on-site oversight of laboratories by medical laboratory directors, and telehealth services.

March 26, 2020:

(City of Nashville): On March 22, The City of Nashville’s Chief Medical Director issued Order 3, Safer at Home, urging citizens to stay home, prohibiting gatherings of ten or more people, and directing all non-essential businesses to close their facilities. The Order is effective for 14 days, and may be extended.

The Order does not apply to activities necessary to maintain continuity of operations of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors identified by the Department of Homeland Security in CISA guidelines. Other essential services are also excluded, including but not limited to:

  • Federal and state offices and services, and private companies performing under federal, state or local government contracts
  • Essential government functions such as law enforcement, public transportation and government programs and services
  • Media, communication and telecommunication services
  • Grocery and beverage stores, and other businesses that support food supply
  • Health care services, including health information technology, staffing and supplies
  • Sanitation and waste removal
  • Banks, real property services, and legal services
  • Construction, product and parcel transportation, and essential building maintenance and security

March 25, 2020:

(City of Memphis): Mayor Strickland for the City of Memphis issues a Safer at Home Executive Order through April 7 calling all residents to stay at home and closing all non-essential businesses.

The following municipalities of Memphis issued similar orders calling all residents to stay at home and closing all non-essential businesses.

  • Arlington order effective March 24 at 6 p.m. until March 28 unless otherwise extended.
  • Bartlett order effective midnight March 24 until midnight March 31 unless otherwise extended.
  • Collierville order effective March 24 at 6 p.m. until further notice.
  • Germantown order effective March 24 at 6 p.m. until further notice.
  • Lakeland order effective March 24 at 6 p.m. until March 28 unless otherwise extended.
  • Millington order effective March 24 at 6 p.m. until March 28 unless otherwise extended.

Governor Lee declined to issue a statewide shelter in place order

March 23, 2020:

Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order 18 limiting performance of non-essential medical and dental procedures, including any procedure that is not necessary to address a medical emergency or preserve a patient’s health and safety. Hospitals and free standing surgical outpatient facilities were directed to postpone at minimum the following procedures, except where postponement would significantly impact the health, safety or welfare of the patient:

  • Joint replacement
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Non-emergency dental and oral procedures

Procedures excluded from postponement include:

  • Surgeries related to advanced cardiovascular disease
  • Oncological testing and treatment
  • Pregnancy related care
  • Organ transplants
  • Dialysis
  • Emergency or trauma related procedures
  • Emergency dental and oral treatment

Executive Order 18 further requests non-hospital providers to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) that is not required for emergency care to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency by delivering it to the nearest open Tennessee National Guard Armory between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Executive Order 18 is effective March 24 through April 12.

(City of Nashville and Davidson County): Pursuant to the Declaration of Public Health Emergency adopted by the Board of Health for city of Nashville and Davidson County on March 15, 2020, the Chief Medical Director of the Metro Public Health Department issued a “Safer At Home Order.”

This Order requires all individuals living in Nashville and Davidson County to stay at home except for essential activities and essential government functions. The Order also does not apply to the 16 critical infrastructure sectors identified in the CISA Guidelines. Essential Activities include federal and state offices and services, essential Nashville government functions including law enforcement, stores that sell groceries, essential healthcare and public health operations, sanitation and waste removal services, utilities services, pharmacy and medical supply businesses, gas stations, legal and judicial services, laundromats, hardware supply, warehousing and storage, certain construction services, parcel transportation services, veterinary and pet supply business and services including agricultural services and the caring and feeding of all livestock and farm animals, home and business cleaning and maintenance services, all businesses which rely upon deliveries may continue, including florists, internet and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services), print, online and broadcast media, and certain other business and services the Health Department in coordination with Metro Legal and the Office of the Mayor determines are essential for the continued safety and security of Davidson County. This Order is effective at 12:01 a.m. March 23, 2020, and shall remain in effect for 14 days, subject to extension.

March 22, 2020:

Governor Lee issued an Executive Order that prohibits social gatherings of 10 or more people. The Order also contains following provisions regarding restaurants, bars, and similar food and drink establishments: (1) Establishments are to exclusively offer drive-thru, take-out or delivery options to support families, businesses and the food supply chain during this emergency; and (2) Establishments may sell alcohol by take-out or delivery (with the purchase of food) in closed containers to those who are age 21 and over. This Order is effective 12:01 a.m. March 23, 2020, through 12:01 a.m. April 6, 2020.

March 20, 2020:

(Williamson County): County Sheriff's Office will not serve eviction notices to residents, but will still serve civil papers.

March 17, 2020:

(Davidson County): All evictions and service of civil papers suspended "until further notice" in Davidson County (serving Nashville). No clarification as to commercial, residential, or both. Exceptions include orders of protection, child custody orders, papers related to protection of elderly, vulnerable persons and healthcare workers. Court offices are still open with skeleton crews to receive civil papers/eviction filings, but they won't come before the court until April 10 in Nashville. Sheriff has halted evictions at all stages of the process for the time being, regardless if courts move forward with their procedure.

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