Governor Bill Lee on Monday extended the state of emergency for another two months as Tennessee continues to see large jumps in people testing positive for COVID-19.
State Representative Clay Doggett will be on WKSR Bonus Hour at 8:45 Wednesday morning to discuss why the governor extended the State of Emergency and the rules to follow.
Lee, a Republican, initially imposed the state of emergency on March 12th to free up funding and relax rules regarding the treatment and containment of COVID-19. It was set to expire June 30 after he first extended the declaration in May.
The state of emergency urges but does not require limited activity, maintain social distancing, and staying home whenever possible.
It also limits social and recreational gatherings of 50 or more people through places of worship are exempt, as well as weddings, funerals and related events.
It also includes many other sweeping provisions, such as expanding access to telehealth services, continuing delivery of alcohol services, and allowing prescriptions to be available in 90-day supplies.
Meanwhile, driver licenses and photo ID renewal deadlines will be extended until Nov. 15. Payments to reinstate driver licenses are also being extended.
Many health care licenses, certifications, and registrations are now pushed back until Aug. 31.
Additionally, Lee extended provisions allowing officials to meet electronically, rather than in person, as long as they provide some sort of electronic access to the public.
Mask wearing is encouraged in the declaration, but not required statewide.
Last week, the state reported its biggest one-day jump in people testing positive for COVID-19 after more than 1,400 people newly tested positive on Friday.