Businesses urged to stop soliciting tourists during pandemic
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say tourism businesses should stop soliciting tourists in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
The mayors of five Sevier County cities are urging leisure businesses to halt guests through mid-April.
WBIR-TV reports that just a few weeks ago, tourists packed the county even after some big attractions closed down and the public was told to practice social distancing.
Governor Bill Lee issued a state-wide “safer at home” order Monday mandating the closure of all nonessential businesses.
As of Monday, the state has confirmed more than 1,800 coronavirus cases and at least 13 deaths.