Knox County Entering Phase Two of Reopening

The Knox County Health Department has issued guidance for businesses as we move to Phase Two of the reopening plan. The city and county will move to Phase Two today (5/26). Most industries can operate assuming they are able to maintain safety and health precautions.

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Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs says, “Moving into Phase Two is not a return to pre-pandemic normal, but it is a small step in helping us get there.” Jacobs says the pandemic has caused almost-irreparable damage to the economy and hardships for families.

Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon says the Health Department, “continues to make smart decisions that put the well-being of our community ahead of politics.” Kincannon says she’s hopeful that if we follow the plans 5 core actions we can move forward without seeing a spike.

The five core actions include:

  • Physical distancing
  • Wearing cloth face coverings
  • Frequent and proper handwashing
  • Cleaning surfaces
  • Staying home if you’re sick or instructed to isolate/quarantine

Guidance for Phase Two was created by gathering input and feedback from the Knoxville-Knox County Reopening Task Force – convened by KCHD – elected officials, as well as businesses and community members via digital surveys.

KCHD will assess the status of Phase Two June 12th.

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