Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced that close contact services like salons and barbershops would be allowed to reopen on May 6 in 89 of the state's 95 counties.
"We know for these businesses things like masks are especially important because of the close contact that employees have with customers," Lee said today during a news conference. "We will have guidance for these businesses before the end of the week."
The governor went on to say that he signed an executive order yesterday, which was predominantly about reopening the economy.
"The situation there is that we had to issue an updated order yesterday in order to allow retail to open today. But as we said in the order, there are some places that we anticipate opening before the end of May. The first example of this, as you may have heard, is close contact services like salons and barbershops," Lee said.
The governor also announced that "in the next several weeks, the Unified Command Group is embarking on widespread testing of all long term facilities in Tennessee."
"We have 700 long-term care facilities in our state, and 70,000 of our Tennessee residents are in long-term care facilities," Lee said. "So for this initial push, we are partnering with the National Healthcare Corporation to test all residents and staff in each of their 38 Tennessee facilities."
Tennessee today reported a 3.1% increase in its total number of coronavirus cases since yesterday. The state has a total of 10,366 cases, with 195 deaths.