FILE – In this Monday, March 16, 2020, file photo, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee answers questions concerning the state’s response to the coronavirus during a news conference in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
UPDATED 7:07 PM PT — Thursday, April 2, 2020
The governor of Tennessee has issued a statewide ‘stay at home’ order. Governor Bill Lee signed the executive order on Thursday, which now mandates all residents to stay home unless they are carrying out essential activities.
This came just days after the Republican governor issued a two-week order that recommended Tennesseans stay at home. However, he has claimed new data shows an alarming trend of residents beginning to disregard social distancing guidelines and “safe at home” measures in recent weeks.
A resident is removed from the Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing Monday, March 30, 2020, in Gallatin, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
“April stands to be a very tough month for our state,” stated Lee. “COVID-19 is an imminent threat and we need you to understand that staying home isn’t an option, it’s a requirement.”
Tennessee has become the latest state to issue such an order as the U.S. continues to crack down to halt further spread of the coronavirus.