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What is essential? Here’s a checklist

Posted on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 8:31 am

Gov. Lee signed an executive order on Thursday that requires all Tennesseans to stay at home with the only exception being essential activities. In his order, essential activities remained the same as those outlined in his previous safer-at-home order.

So, what is considered essential?

In the executive order, essential activities include things such as grocery shopping, going to the pharmacy for medications, providing or facilitating food orders, outdoor activities within the health guidelines ,and caring for or visiting a family member or friend within the health guidelines.


Travel related to essential activity
Travel to perform essential services
Travel when caring for vulnerable persons: elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities
Travel to or from educational institutions: receiving materials for distance learning, receiving meals, and related services.
Travel required by law

Essential Services

Health care/ public health
Human Services
Essential infrastructure
Essential government operations
Grocery stores and pharmacies
Food/beverage productions and agriculture
Charitable/Social Services
Gas stations
Financial institutions
Hardware/Supply stores
Educational institutions
Laundry services
Restaurants (take-out only)
Supplies to work from home/essential businesses and operations
Home-based care
Residential facilities/shelters
Professional services
Manufacturing, distribution and supply chain for critical goods
Funeral services