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On Thursday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said he will sign Executive Order 23 requiring that Tennesseans stay home unless they are carrying out essential activities. Lee said he is issuing the order because data shows an increase in movements across the state.
“We need all Tennesseans who can to stay home,” Lee said during a Thursday afternoon press conference that was broadcast online.
The governor issued a “safer at home” order this week that urged people to stay home except for essential business. But not as many are staying home as officials would like, and there had apparently been some disregard for the public health guidance.
“It’s dangerous, it’s unacceptable, and it’s a threat to life in the community,” Lee said.
The new order goes further, he said.
“Staying home is not an option,” Lee said. “It’s a requirement.”[Read more…]