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.