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Governor extends state of emergency, COVID-19 provisions to August

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed Executive Order 50 on Monday, extending the current state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic to Aug. 29.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed Executive Order 50 on Monday, which extends the current state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic to Aug. 29, 2020.

Through this order, the governor has extended certain guidelines and suspension of certain laws, including limitation of large social gatherings and the recommendation to wear masks.

This executive order calls for social distancing, mask usage in public, staying home as much as possible and remote work when possible. It also limits social gatherings to those with 50 or fewer persons except when social distancing can be maintained. The order makes exceptions for places of worship, weddings, funerals and similar events, though it urges organizers to consider virtual options or postponement.

In signing, the governor also extends the timeline of the current Tennessee Pledge guidelines, which apply to restaurants, retail and close-contact businesses, sports, event spaces and more.

Lee also signed Executive Orders 51 and 52, which extend guidelines and provisions for virtual government meetings and document notarization, respectively.

Executive Order 50 extends provisions initially outlined in orders 36 and 38 and amended by order 49. Read orders 36, 38, 49, and 50 through 52 below.

For more information about the Tennessee Pledge, visit tnpledge.com. To read additional executive orders, visit sos.tn.gov/products/division-publications/executive-orders.

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