The local and state Safer At Home Orders expired on April 30, 2020 but the City of Johnson City is following the guidance offered by Governor Bill Lee and his advisers to determine when various businesses, places of worship and recreation areas may reopen.
The Tennessee General Assembly has granted Gov. Lee the exclusive responsibility and authority to assume control over all aspects of the State's response to an emergency such as the COVID-19 pandemic. His directives in response to this emergency supersede and preempt any action taken by municipalities in the State.
Gov. Lee, the Unified Command Group (UCG) and Tennessee’s Economic Recovery Group (ERG) with input from health experts, state and local partners and business and industry leaders have created a reopening plan called the “Tennessee Pledge.” Announced on Friday, April 24, 2020 the plan is designed to help Tennesseans return to work in a safe environment, restore their livelihoods and reboot the state’s economy. It includes specific recommendations that enable most businesses to reopen responsibly without the burden of heavy mandates.
The Tennessee Pledge asks businesses to provide safe working conditions that protect both employees and consumers, while securing their livelihoods. This plan also asks employees to commit to protecting themselves, their co-workers and the customers they serve. It also encourages Tennessee resident to act responsibly by following recommended guidelines for social distancing, hygiene and wearing protective equipment when appropriate.
To learn more about the "Tennessee Pledge" or find guidelines for businesses and specific industries can be found here.
All of the executive orders issued by Gov. Bill Lee related to COVID-19 can be found here.
For more information, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/covid-19.