Gov. Lee signs Executive Orders to extend takeout alcohol sales, Limited State of Emergency

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Gov. Bill Lee released the following statement to accompany his signing of Executive Orders 7778, and 79:

“Our state’s COVID-19 numbers continue to improve thanks to efficient vaccine distribution and efforts to protect our most vulnerable citizens,” said Lee. “I have authorized continuation of a limited state of emergency through April 28th in order to keep critical healthcare deregulation in place and ensure continued federal funding compliance, and to lift state visitation restrictions on nursing home and long-term care facilities. To be very clear, my orders do not include any restriction on business. We will continue to focus on delivering vaccines to every corner of the state, ensuring kids get back in the classroom and building on our strong economic recovery.”

Gov. Lee also signed Executive Order Nos. 78 and 79, which extend through April 28th, provisions that allow for remote government meetings and shareholder meetings and permit remote notarization and witnessing of documents, all while implementing transparency safeguards. Provisions also extend take-out alcohol sales by restaurants and limited-service restaurants, allow all licensed healthcare providers to practice telemedicine and relax other healthcare licensing regulations.

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