RETURNING TO WORK SAFELY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
On Tuesday, April 28, 2020, Governor Lee signed Executive Order No. 30. That Order opened more businesses but still limits many personal care (close contact) businesses and entertainment venues from opening. The Order applies to the 89 counties without a locally operated health department (all counties except for Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, Madison, Shelby, and Sullivan).
Pursuant to Executive Order 30, individuals residing in the 89 counties are permitted to return to work but must adhere to health guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19. The Order encourages that all employers and businesses follow all CDC health guidelines and take steps to the greatest extent practicable to equip, encourage, allow, or require employees to work remotely or via telework from home. The Order advises that individuals use thoughtful planning, careful coordination, and consideration to minimize the need and frequency for public interactions. Additionally, the Order urges individuals to wear face coverings, while in public settings, where being in close proximity to others is anticipated.
The Executive Order also allows gyms and other exercise facilities to reopen at 50% capacity on Friday, May 1, 2020. Communal spaces such as pools, saunas, and locker rooms in the gyms are to remain closed until further notice and gym goers are encouraged to wear face coverings and remain 6 feet apart during their workouts. Team sport leagues however, will remain closed until further notice.
Barber shops, salons (hair, nail, waxing, threading, and tanning), spas, tattoo parlors, and massage parlors are to remain closed. The Order also states that entertainment, recreational, and certain other gathering venues will remain closed including bars, theaters, night clubs, and live performance venues.
More guidance and openings are anticipated. The Order provides that in the near future development of additional business guidelines will allow for reopening additional businesses safely, and that the order will be amended accordingly.
We will continue to update you on any new information regarding the reopening of businesses when it is disclosed. As always, you can call us at (615) 567-7300 or email us directly at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any assistance. Take care and stay well.