Governor releases new ‘Close Contact Business Guidelines’ for reopening amid coronavirus

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Governor Bill Lee’s office released new guidance for “close-contact businesses” as both the state and businesses look to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The guidelines are for 89 of the 95 counties without locally run health departments and do not apply in Knox County. The close-contact businesses located within these counties will need to adhere to the rules, part of the state’s “Tennessee Pledge” initiative.

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The guidelines are intended to apply to “close contact personal services” as listed in Executive Order No. 30, which include: Barber shops, hair salons, waxing salons, threading salons, nail salons or spas, spas providing body treatments, body-art facilities or tattoo services, tanning salons, and massage-therapy establishments or massage services.

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Lee has stated in several COVID-19 daily briefings that businesses would need to be operating in a different way upon reopening in order to mitigate the spread of the virus.

To view the Close Contact Business Guidelines, click here.

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