Gov. Lee ends Covid-19 restrictions in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has declared that COVID-19 is no longer a statewide public health crisis, saying he’s removing the option for most local governments to mandate masks in public and urging a few big counties with mask requirements to remove them by Memorial Day.

The Republican’s message at a news conference Tuesday comes as the state faces a public more hesitant of the COVID-19 vaccine than the rest of the country as a whole.

Lee said a marketing campaign to promote vaccines is coming soon.

Meanwhile Tuesday, Nashville announced it would lift capacity limits starting May 14, but an indoor mask mandate will remain for now.[0]=AZUWUk985P_MLn_1Mv98pVmbY6SrYO3PDRush44ieLeUjCE5ShbctrLRqc3n95NGX9FhQobuEUAZZC2SIQL7FaAZg7IJoRcHQbPZTcsoFP9X-4_NoW-1AV8RTI4Mg5p2QBwTgkm9gt3SjcjLYa6KvRgO&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R

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