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Posted on: April 2, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Executive Order 23 & 24: Gov Lee Requiring Citizens to Remain Inside

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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee to sign Executive Order 23 requiring that Tennesseans stay home unless they are carrying out essential activities as data shows an increase in citizen movement across the state.

“Over the last few weeks, we have seen decreases in movement around the state as Tennesseans socially distance and stay at home,” said Gov. Lee. “However, in recent days we have seen data indicating that movement may be increasing and we must get these numbers trending back down. I have updated my previous executive order to clearly require that Tennesseans stay at home unless they are carrying out essential activities.”

Data from the Tennessee Department of Transportation analyzed traffic patterns for March 2020. While safer at home measures and further restrictions on businesses showed a steep drop-off in vehicle movement from March 13-29, data beginning on March 30 indicates travel is trending upwards, again.

The Administration also analyzed data from Unacast to understand cell phone mobility and determine movement trends among people. Unacast indicates the movement of Tennesseans is trending toward pre-COVID-19 levels.

“The month of April stands to be an extremely tough time for our state as we face the potential for a surge in COVID-19 cases,” said Lee. “Every Tennessean must take this seriously, remain at home and ensure we save lives.”

The executive order remains in effect until April 14, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. 

On April 4, 2020, Governor Lee issued Executive Order 24, wherein several deadlines and restrictions were relaxed or extended, as well as a declaration that an abnormal economic disruption continues to exist in Tennessee and the price inflation (price gouging) is prohibited. 

Executive Order 23 (PDF)

Executive Order 24 (PDF)

All Executive Orders by Gov Lee
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