Tennessee to lift restrictions on restaurants, retail and large attractions effective May 22


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Tennessee’s Economic Recovery Group announced today that it will lift capacity restrictions on restaurants and retail locations across the state, begin focusing on social distancing best practices and work towards facilitating the safe reopening of larger, non-contact attractions effective May 22.

“Tennesseans have worked incredibly hard to do their part and help slow the spread of COVID-19 so that our state can begin to reopen. Thanks to their continued efforts, we’re able to allow restaurants and retail businesses to operate at greater capacity and large attractions to open in a safe and thoughtful way,” said Governor Bill Lee in a press release issued by the Governor’s office.

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Details of those new social distancing guidelines have not yet been released and are expected to be announced early next week. The governor did, however, promote the continued use of “common-sense” safety measures such as wearing masks and practicing good hygiene.

Dollywood has been closed since March over coronavirus concerns. (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

The new large attractions guidance will apply to businesses that can effectively practice social distancing including racetracks, amusement parks, waterparks, theaters, dinner theaters, auditoriums, large museums and more.

This of course paves the way for some of Sevierville’s most popular attractions to begin making plans for reopening including, of course, Dollywood. However, Dollywood has not yet released details on an official reopening date or strategy.

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