Tennessee governor foregoes mask mandate, opts for limiting gatherings during surge

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced the state will be limiting indoor gatherings as the state continues to see a surge in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Hours after Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey held a media call on the grim outlook for the healthcare system if another holiday surge takes place, Governor Lee announced indoor public gatherings will now be limited to 10 people and indoor sporting events at schools will also see restrictions on gatherings. The order will not apply to churches, weddings, or funerals.

The announcement comes a day after the public was made aware Gov. Lee’s wife has contracted the virus and is exhibiting symptoms. In addition to the limits, Governor Lee called on Tennesseans to avoid gatherings for the Christmas holiday outside of your own home and called on business owners to have employees work remotely for the next 30 days if possible. Businesses which cannot have employees work remote are asked to have workers wear masks.

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