What’s essential, nonessential under Tennessee’s ‘Stay-at-Home’ order



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Gov. Bill Lee signed an executive order on Thursday directing Tennesseans to stay home unless engaging in “essential activity” or “essential services” in order to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

But what does essential activity mean? Which services are considered essential? 

What’s Nonessential?

Businesses or organizations that perform close-contact personal services, such as:

  • Barbershops
  • Hair salons
  • Waxing salons
  • Threading salons
  • Nail salons or spas
  • Spas providing body treatments
  • Body-art facilities or tattoo services
  • Tanning salons
  • Massage therapy or massage services

Entertainment and recreational gathering venues, such as:

  • Night clubs
  • Bowling alleys
  • Arcades
  • Concert venues
  • Theaters, auditoriums, performing arts centers or similar facilities
  • Racetracks
  • Indoor children’s play areas
  • Adult entertainment venues
  • Amusement parks
  • Roller or ice skating rinks

What’s Essential?

  • Health care and public health operations
  • Human services operations
  • Essential infrastructure operations
  • Essential government operations, functions
  • Food and medicine stores
  • Food and beverage productions and agriculture
  • Organizations that provide charitable and social services
  • Religious and ceremonial functions
  • Media
  • Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation
  • Financial institutions and insurance facilities
  • Hardware and supply stores
  • Critical trades
  • Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery and pick-up services
  • Educational institutions (consistent with Exec. Order nos. 17 & 21)
  • Laundry services
  • Restaurants for off-premises consumption
  • Supplies to work from home
  • Supplies for essential business operations
  • Transportation
  • Home-based care and services
  • Residential facilities and shelters
  • Professional services
  • Manufacturing, distribution and supply chain for critical products and industries
  • Hotels and motels
  • Funeral services

For a full list of essential services in Lee’s executive order, click here.

COVID-19 in Tennessee

(This reflects what the TDH is reporting each day at 2 p.m. CST )

Stay with News 2 for continuing coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic.


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