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Hamilton County appreciates everyone’s comments and opinions over the last few months. After much consideration, we will be following Governor Lee’s order, as we have consistently, to start re-opening businesses through a phased process. That process, called “Tennessee Pledge,” is listed below.

 

As businesses reopen, we continue to request their implementation of social distancing practices of at least six feet and ask that 10 or more individuals are not in one area at the same time (*restaurants, please see Governor Lee’s guidelines specific to you). We also strongly recommend that employees continue to wear protective face masks.

 

If businesses cannot adhere to these guidelines, they must restructure their operations to ensure the safety of their employees and customers.

We continue to strongly advise individuals only to visit places they need to go and to practice good hygiene by washing hands frequently and covering their face when sneezing and coughing. High-risk groups are still encouraged to stay home. This includes citizens 65 years and older, as well as any individuals with underlying health conditions.

 

Please read Governor Lee’s “Tennessee Pledge” below, which highlights the guidelines issued for employers and businesses to follow until further notice.

 

Read Governor Bill Lee's TN Pledge


We appreciate the continued cooperation of all residents during this time.

Update May 28:

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger announced today that overnight camps can resume activities as of Thursday, May 28nd with updated guidelines while still practicing social distancing.

The Hamilton County Health Department is ordering the expanded operations based on the authority delegated by Governor Bill Lee through the Tennessee Pledge.

Camps should consider additional pre-screening measures, limit mixing or rotating campers and staff assigned to cabins or residences, stagger daily activities and continue to practice sanitary actions and social distancing among other measures.

Those guidelines can be found here: https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19/economic-recovery/summer-day-camps-guidelines.html.

Update May 27:

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger announced today additional guidance for the reopening of swimming pools and summer day camps while continuing to practice social and appropriate distancing.

The Hamilton County Health Department is ordering the expanded operations based on the authority delegated by Governor Bill Lee through the Tennessee Pledge.

The additional guidance for swimming pools which encourages appropriate distancing, additional staffing, limited entrants into swimming pools and following CDC recommendations can be found on page 71 of the Tennessee Pledge.

Guidance for summer day camps which calls for participants of ten campers or less, social distancing and several recommendations for sanitizing can also be found on the Tennessee Pledge starting on page 77.


Those guidelines can be found on the state of Tennessee's website at TN Pledge.

 



List of Hamilton County Business Openings and Closures (updated 5/28/20)

Governor Lee Executive Order Number 38

Hamilton County released Guidance for Gathering Together in Houses of Worship in alignment with Governor Bill Lee Friday Afternoon


Governor Lee's Executive Orders explaining opening limitations


Governor Lee's Close Contact Business Guidelines


Read Governor Bill Lee's TN Pledge


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