Knox County Board of Health will meet Monday to discuss possible regulations

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The Knox County Board of Health held a special meeting Friday to discuss what other jurisdictions are doing about COVID-19 and to discuss options for Knox County.

As case numbers in the county rise, the board brainstormed ways to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“These are the worst numbers we’ve seen,” said Dr. Buchanan

Dr. Maria Hurt recommended that some regulations be reinstated. Dr. Hurt tossed around the idea of limiting restaurant capacity to 25%, adjusting the 11 p.m. curfew time for businesses, and limiting gathering sizes to eight or 10 people.

Data presented by Dr. Patrick O’Brien during the meeting shows since reopening started in May, people have been doing the most gathering at restaurants. Fitness facilities were next on the list, followed by cafes, and hotels.

“Restricting maximum occupancy at each of these places is more effective than uniformly reducing mobility,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien says the key to having more regulations, is the community following them and having the support of law enforcement and local leaders.

“I’m challenging the county. The county needs to help us on this. Let’s just be honest. We need codes enforcement, we need the sheriff’s office, we need others to help us,” O’Brien said.

No voting was done during this meeting.

The next specially called meeting is scheduled for Monday at 5 p.m. to look at implementing regulations ahead of the holiday season.

You can find a PDF for Monday’s meeting below:


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