April 27, 2021 | Tennessee governor ends public health orders, local mask authority | TimesNews | Source
“Today, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced the end of statewide public health orders and signed Executive Order 80 to address economic and regulatory functions.
EO 80 also ends the local authority to issue mask requirements in the 89 counties directed by the state health department.
“COVID-19 is now a managed public health issue in Tennessee and no longer a statewide public health emergency,” Lee said. “As Tennesseans continue to get vaccinated, it’s time to lift remaining local restrictions, focus on economic recovery and get back to business in Tennessee.”
Removing local mask authority
While Tennessee has never had a statewide mask mandate, EO 80 removes the local authority for county mayors in 89 of the state’s 95 counties to require face coverings throughout their jurisdictions.”