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Board of Health meeting Monday to consider additional COVID-19 regulations – WATE 6 On Your Side

Posted: November 23, 2020 at 6:54 am


KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. (WATE) Knox Countys Board of Health is set to meet Monday, November 23, for a special called meeting.

BOARD OF HEALTH: Knox Countys health board is set to meet tomorrow evening for a special called meeting.

Today, were getting a look at the agenda, updated with links to the documents the board plans to discuss.

Heres a copy: pic.twitter.com/Lvw8cMtgCy

There are three items on the agenda slated for board members to review and discuss. Thats a COVID-19 Risk Reduction Guidelines Resolution, a COVID-19 Social Gathering Limitation Regulation, and a COVID-19 Restaurant Occupancy Limitation and Early Closure Regulation.

Aside from some exceptions, the Social Gathering Limitation Regulation proposes prohibiting all social gatherings of more than 8 people age 12 and older at any given time within Knox County. This does not include gatherings with people exclusively living in the same home.

The regulation does not apply to nursing homes, places of worship, or public and private schools.

If approved, it would go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on November 25, and remain in effect until 12:01 a.m. on December 10.

Per the regulation, restaurants and bars would need to limit capacity to 25% occupancy and keep at least 6 feet between people not from the same household.

Plus, restaurants and bars would close for on-site consumption and activities from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. the next day.

They may remain open after 9:00 pm only to offer drive through, pickup, carry-out, or delivery service for food or drink, the regulation reads.

If approved, it would take effect at 12:01 a.m. on November 25, and remain in effect until 12:01 on December 10.

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Tennessee State Rep. Jason Zachary (R) also posted a thread on Twitter about tomorrows meeting.

The Health Board will be voting tomorrow to cap all restaurants at 25% capacity and require them to close by 9 pm. This will crush the restaurant industry, having a tremendous economic impact on our county and put hundreds of people out of work.

Rep. Zachary recently filed a bill that looks to limit local health boards authority.

RELATED STORY: Rep. Zachary files bill to limit local health boards authority

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