The Knox County Board of Health has mandated mask wearing county-wide in indoor public spaces and enclosed spaces where maintaining 6 feet of social distancing is not feasible. The regulation states the measure will remain in place until suspended.
The Knox County Board of Health voted to limit social gatherings held in a 360-square-feet space to 10 people until March 18 in the COVID-19 Social Gathering Limitation Regulation. All bars, clubs and restaurants are limited to 50% capacity, requiring them to close at midnight until March 18 as passed in the COVID-19 Restaurant Occupancy Limitation and Early Closure Regulation. The COVID-19 Face Covering Regulation remains in place. The Board of Health will continue to monitor COVID-19 metrics and evaluate the face covering regulation at future meetings to determine when it can be rescinded. All of the Board's regulations are available here.
For up-to-date information on prevention and support for individuals, medical professionals and businesses, including a new quarantine/isolation calculator and guidelines, please visit the Knox County Health Department.
In addition, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has a current State of Emergency. “COVID-19 has not taken a vacation. Our caseload is climbing and this is very serious, exactly why I extended the State of Emergency. We need every Tennessean to take personal responsibility, wear a face covering, socially distance, wash and sanitize hands. I wear a mask every day as a simple courtesy, for me to serve my neighbor and protect my family and friends, and economy build consumer confidence.”
There’s a “new normal” in place for ALL of us. As we re-open our doors it’s vital that we stay committed to being SAFE together…because safe together makes us BETTER together.
We like to think this “new normal” is more about physical distancing. As a marquee in Knoxville reads, “distance is just a test to see how far love can travel”. We know it travels far more than 6 feet, and eyes smile even behind a mask.
As we welcome the faces we love back to the places we love, we encourage you to follow the guidelines in place so we can move forward safely… together.
The information restaurants, shops and other businesses need to operate safely is being gathered on an ongoing basis by the Knoxville Chamber.
Knowing that Knoxville businesses are doing their part to operate safely helps everyone make the most informed decisions about when and where to travel.
That’s where Visit Knoxville comes in, providing access to the latest information on events as well as opportunities to experience Knoxville from home.