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Governor allows gathering limit to expire as COVID-19 cases trend downward

Active cases still higher than entire pandemic through mid-December

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed Executive Order 74 Tuesday, extending certain COVID-19 provisions and restrictions, but the nine-person gathering limit was not one of those items.

"Tennesseans have done what we've asked them to do over the holidays, and we're seeing our numbers trend in the right direction because of it," Lee posted on social media.

Previously, with Executive Order 70, Lee limited indoor public gatherings to nine people, where social distancing was not possible, and also encouraged employers to let their staff work from home when possible and residents to hold religious services and ceremonies virtually.

With his most recent order, Lee continued his recommendation for remote work and virtual religious events but allowed the gathering limit to expire.

New cases and active COVID-19 cases in the state have trended downward over the past week but still remain high.

As of Tuesday, the number of confirmed active cases statewide was just over 57,000, the lowest it has been in over a month but still a higher confirmed case count than every day of the pandemic through Dec. 12.

Similarly, in Williamson County, Tuesday's active case count came in just above 1,800, the lowest number in exactly a month but still higher than every day of the pandemic before Dec. 20.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, 21,507 of the state's total COVID-19 cases were in Williamson County, including 140 deaths.

For more information on local COVID-19 case data, visit

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