Some restrictions lifted, governor says: including the opening of some bars

Friday, May 22, 2020

The state of Tennessee is lifting more restrictions starting today, Friday May 22. Now, Tennessee bars and others have been given permission to open with restrictions.

Executive order 38, addresses that “bars, night clubs and limited-service restaurants” may continue services to customers seated at tables and follow the same guidelines established for restaurants under the Tennessee Pledge. The order also allows groups of 50 people to participate in social and recreational activities.

Lee said he still would like people to practice strong social distancing measures.

“We can lift restrictions and open up our economy with social distancing,” he added.

Bar areas should remain closed unless the area is utilized to accommodate seated tables for in-restaurant dining, according to the Tennessee Pledge.

The Order also extends eased restrictions on take-out alcohol sales from previous orders signed by the governor.

The order does not apply to places of worship, but the governor said in the order that he "strongly encourages places of worship to continue virtual or online services where possible."

The order also does not apply to weddings or funerals. The order does allow non-contact sporting events and activities that follow state guidance. According to the Order, "contact sporting events and activities, where there is a requirement or substantial likelihood of routine close contact and adequate social distancing is not feasible, are prohibited."

The order remains in effect until June 30.

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