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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Gov. Lee signs executive order allowing contact sports

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – Governor Bill Lee has signed an executive order allowing contact sports.

Lee’s office made the announcement Friday evening.

“Athletics is an important part of our way of life and provides many benefits for our student-athletes, but common-sense precautions must be taken to combat COVID-19,” said Gov. Lee. “We have worked directly with the TSSAA to coordinate a framework so that football season and soccer seasons can begin while keeping student-athletes, staff, and fans safe.”

The order:

  • Extends through August 29 Executive Order No. 54, which provides local government authority concerning face coverings
  • Strongly encourages schools to adopt a policy requiring face coverings for staff and students of appropriate age and makes clear that students, teachers, school employees or contractors, and school visitors may voluntarily wear face coverings, except as necessary to ensure school safety and security
  • Extends for 30 days (as permitted by statute) Executive…
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