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Tennesseans don't need papers for 'essential activity', Lee tells cops, clarifying stay-at-home enforcement

Natalie Neysa Alund, Nashville Tennessean • Updated Apr 15, 2020 at 3:32 PM

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee issued a letter this week to police chiefs and sheriffs across the state how to enforce his latest stay at home executive order during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This week Lee extended the state's stay at home order through April 30. The governor's decision aligns Tennessee with President Donald Trump's latest calls for businesses to reopen in early May.

"The purpose of this letter is to respond to inquiries seeking guidance regarding enforcement of the Orders, which require Tennesseans to stay at home except when engaging in Essential Activity or Essential Services," Lee wrote in a two-page letter dated Tuesday. Our partners at The Tennessean have more.

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