Tennessee Governor relaxes some COVID-19 limitations on worship centers

In Tennessee, United States, an executive order which states the rules for worship centers have been signed by the state governor, Bill Lee. This order was signed on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 in respect to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Executive No. 74 which is the new order stretches the provisions that were done in the former order, Executive No. 70. Previously, the former order had restricted worship gatherings to 10 people. However, Lee lifted the limit on Tuesday.

“Other provisions, like the gathering limit, will expire,” he tweeted. “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 their efforts.”

Nevertheless, Lee stated in the Executive No. 74 that religious services are “strongly encouraged” to maintain online gatherings. Also, he added that individuals of faith should proceed with adhering to the list of guidelines that was made last October for worship centers. The rules include maintaining social distancing and wearing of nose masks.

Likewise, attendees of funerals and weddings should follow the COVID-19 stipulated rule. Any large celebration should be postponed or the attendance should be restricted to just family members. In order to help to curb the further spread of the virus, Tennesseans were encouraged in the new executive order to work from home.

“All employers and businesses are strongly urged to take steps to the greatest extent practicable to equip, encourage, allow, or require employees to work remotely or via telework from home where appropriate,” the statement read.

WMC5 Action News reports that the order restricts school events of any sort from occurring till when stated otherwise. The new order is expected to be effective till February 21, 2021.

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