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State to Lift Capacity Restrictions on Restaurants and Retail, Allow for Large Attractions to Open

Posted 05-18-20.

On Friday, May 15, Governor Lee issued a press release regarding the lifting of capacity restrictions on some businesses.


"As Tennessee continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the state’s Economic Recovery Group announced today it will lift capacity restrictions on restaurants and retail to instead focus on social distancing best practices effective May 22 and issue guidelines to facilitate the safe reopening of larger, non-contact attractions on or after May 22. New Tennessee Pledge guidelines will be released early next week. Six counties – Shelby, Madison, Davidson, Hamilton, Knox and Sullivan – may continue to follow individual, county-specific reopening plans created in consultation with State and local health departments."

To view the entire press release, visit