Lee extends State of Emergency, facilitates COVID treatment

By Michelle Price
Special to the UCBJ

NASHVILLE – Gov. Bill Lee announced Friday that he was extending Tennessee State of Emergency through Dec. 29. 

Lee signed Executive Order No. 67 to extend certain, targeted provisions of previous executive orders, including the provision giving county mayors the authority to issue local mask mandates. 

The order allows the continued suspension of various laws and regulations to facilitate the treatment and containment of COVID-19 through regulatory flexibility, promoting social distancing and avoidance of large gatherings and the protection of vulnerable populations.

Lee also signed two other Executive Orders signed last week. Executive Order No. 65 extends electronic government meetings subject to transparency safeguards, including the requirement of live broadcasts of electronic meeting to the public through Dec. 27. Executive Order No. 66 extends provisions that allow for remote notarization and witnessing of documents through Dec. 29.

Executive Order Nos. 65, 66, and 67 may be found at https://sos.tn.gov/products/division-publications/executive-orders-governor-bill-lee.

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