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COVID-19 SUPPRESSION IN BARS REGULATION
On July 29, 2020, the Knox County Board of Health voted to issue a regulation titled the COVID-19 Suppression in Bars Regulation. To read the full regulation, click here. The order is slated to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on August 3, 2020. It shall remain in effect until 12:01 a.m. on August 20, 2020 and may be extended by the Board of Health if indicated by the current data.

ORDERS & REGULATIONS FOR  FACE COVERINGS
On June 29, 2020, Mayor Indya Kincannon signed an executive order mandating masks be worn inside all City-owned buildings.  
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View Details of Emergency Executive Order No. 19 [PDF]
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On July 1, 2020, the Knox County Board of Health voted to issue the COVID-19 Face Covering Regulation requiring community members to wear face coverings in most public spaces.
View Details of Knox County Board of Health Regulation [PDF]

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TEMPORARY USE OF OUTDOOR SPACE FOR RESTAURANT DINING
To support local restaurants during COVID-19 pandemic, and to help promote outdoor settings and physical distancing, the City of Knoxville is offering a permit for temporary expansion of restaurants to both public and private outdoor spaces.
Click here for application & more information

COVID-19 HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Are you having trouble paying your rent or mortgage due to financial issues brought about by COVID-19? You may qualify for COVID-19-related housing assistance, if you live in the city of Knoxville and have lost employment or income due to COVID-19, or are unable to work because you’ve been diagnosed or quarantined with COVID-19.
Click here for more information or call 211 and ask about the Housing Assistance Program for COVID-19.

KNOX COUNTY HEALTH DEPT. COVID-19 HOTLINE
Call the Knox County Health Department COVID-19 Hotline at 865-215-5555 or 888-288-6022
HOURS: Monday thru Friday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

CITY'S 311 CALL CENTER
Call 3-1-1 (215-4311) for questions regarding the COVID-19 reopening guidelines and other information.


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The Knox County Health Department (KCHD launched a COVID-19 public information line at 865-215-5555 or toll-free at 888-288-6022. The information line will be available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.

Several events scheduled to take place in the City have been canceled by the City or organizers. Please check with event organizers to see if an event has been canceled.

Everyone is being urged to wear face coverings, keep 6 feet distance from others, wash hands properly, clean/sanitize surfaces, and stay home when sick.

The City will continue to keep you updated. You can find the latest information on the Knox County Health Department website but keep in mind this is a rapidly changing situation.


TESTING FOR COVID-19

COVID-19 testing is available by appointment. Please call KCHD's Public Info Line to make an appointment at 865-215-5555 or toll-free at 888-288-6022. (INFO LINE HOURS: Mon.-Fri., 9 am-5:30 pm and Sat.-Sun. 10 am-2 pm.).
View other Knox County testing locations and additional info
View testing locations for all of Tennessee


CITY OF KNOXVILLE CHATBOT

Visit our chatbot to find answers about COVID-19, other Social Services, the Knox County Reopening Plan and Census 2020.
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KATKAT'S COVID-19 PLAN

In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, KAT is taking extra measures to keep assengers, operators and the general public safe. 
Learn more about KAT's plan


COVID-19 INFORMATION

Información sobre COVID-19 en español
Knox County Health Department
UTK COVID-19 Case Tracking Dashboard
CDC COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
United Way of Greater Knoxville
Tennessee Department of Health 
World Health Organization


ORDERS & REGULATIONS FOR FACE COVERINGS


On June 29, 2020, Mayor Indya Kincannon signed an executive order mandating masks be worn inside all City-owned buildings. The order comes following a week of significant increases in the number of new COVID-19 cases in Knox County. The order will go into effect Wednesday, July 1st at all City owned facilities. That list includes, but is not limited to: Public Works Service Center, Safety Building, Convention Center, Sunsphere, World’s Fair Park Exhibition Hall, Civic Coliseum and Auditorium, Jacob Building, The Muse, Indoor spaces at Zoo Knoxville, Knoxville Station Transit Center, and Administrative Building for Parks & Recreation. Visitors coming to the City County Building will also be asked to wear a mask for all City related business.
Read Full News Release
View Details of Emergency Executive Order No. 19 [PDF]
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On July 1, 2020, the Knox County Board of Health voted to issue the COVID-19 Face Covering Regulation requiring community members to wear face coverings in most public spaces. The order is slated to go into effect July 3, 2020 and will be assessed at each Board of Health meeting moving forward. Children under 12 years of age and those with certain medical conditions are exempt. Places of worship, public schools as well as state and federal government facilities are excluded. The intent of the order is to increase face covering usage and slow the spread of COVID-19. The Board discussed enforcement at the meeting and agreed the intent is to issue warnings and, if possible, provide a face mask to those who do not have one.
View Details of Knox County Board of Health Regulation [PDF]


CITY & COUNTY LOCAL BUSINESS REOPENING PLAN


On May 1, 2020 Knox County and the City of Knoxville began a gradual, phased-in reopening of businesses. The plan highlighted the fact that the community will not be immediately returning to a pre-pandemic “normal”, but instead outlined a 3 phase approach to reopening.

However, on June 17, 2020, the Knox County Board of Health voted instead to adopt Governor Lee's Tennessee Pledge guidance effective July 1, 2020. 

On July 15, 2020, the Knox County Board of Health adopted the COVID-19 Community Education Recommendation to aid with recommendations for Knox County businesses, schools, venues and residents.

On July 29, 2020, the Knox County Board of Health voted to issue a regulation titled the COVID-19 Suppression in Bars Regulation. To read the full regulation, click here. The order is slated to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on August 3, 2020. It shall remain in effect until 12:01 a.m. on August 20, 2020 and may be extended by the Board of Health if indicated by the current data.

COVID-19 Suppression in Bars Regulation
Knox Co. Board of Health COVID-19 Community Education Recommendation [PDF]
Governor Lee's Tennessee Pledge
City & County COVID-19 Phased Reopening Plan


BUSINESS RESOURCES

Posters for Businesses - printable posters to help businesses during reopening
• Thank You For Wearing Masks Poster: 
English [PDF]  |  español

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EXECUTIVE ORDERS
Click here to view all orders issued by City, County & State regarding COVID-19


JULY 1, 2020 - KNOX COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH ISSUES ORDER REQUIRING FACE COVERINGS
On July 1, the Knox County Board of Health voted to issue an order requiring community members to wear face coverings in most public, indoor spaces. The order is slated to go into effect July 3 and will be assessed at each Board of Health meeting moving forward. Children under 12 years of age and those with certain medical conditions are exempt.
Knox County Board of Health Order [PDF]

JUNE 29, 2020 - MAYOR KINCANNON ISSUES EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 19

Mayor Indya Kincannon signed Emergency Executive Order No. 19 mandating masks be worn inside all City-owned buildings.
View Press Release
Mayor Indya Kincannon's Emergency Executive Order No. 19 [PDF]

JUNE 17, 2020 - KNOX COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH ADOPTS GOV. LEE'S TENNESSEE PLEDGE
On June 17, 2020, the Knox County Board of Health voted to adopt Governor Lee's Tennessee Pledge guidance effective July 1, 2020.
Governor Lee's Tennessee Pledge

MAY 1, 2020 - CITY & COUNTY COMMUNITY STRATEGY FOR PHASED REOPENING BEGINS
Knox County & City of Knoxville Community Strategy for Phased Reopening Begins
COVID-19 Phased Reopening Plan [PDF]  |  en español [PDF]
COVID-19 Phased Reopening Chart [PDF]

MARCH 31, 2020 - MAYOR KINCANNON ISSUES SAFER AT HOME ORDER
Mayor Indya Kincannon  issued a Safer at Home Order (Executive Order No. 4) that went into effect Wednesday, April 1, 2020. This order directly echoed the order issued by the Knox County Health Department on March 23, 2020. The order gave City of Knoxville employees who have enforcement and regulatory authority, the ability to take corrective action within Knoxville city limits against those violating Safer at Home orders. Subsequent orders were issued to extend this order - see order Nos. 5, 6, 7, 8.
View Press Release
View Emergency Executive Order 4 [PDF] - Signed on March 31, 2020
Orden Ejecutiva de Emergencia 4 [PDF]

MARCH 23, 2020 - KNOX COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT ISSUES SAFER AT HOME ORDER
 On Monday, March 23, 2020, the Knox County Public Health Officer Dr. Martha Buchanan issued an order closing non-essential businesses and encouraging residents throughout Knox County to stay home when possible and avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people for non-essential purposes. Until further notice, all businesses not performing essential services have been ordered closed for 14 days beginning at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 24. A copy of the order and a complete list of essential service categories can be found at https://covid.knoxcountytn.gov/safer-at-home.html. This new public health measure was an extension of actions the City and County had already taken to reduce public gatherings and contact and was issued in support of local health care partners to help ‘flatten the curve.’
View Press Release
View Knox County Safer at Home Order [PDF]
View Safer at Home FAQs [PDF]

MARCH 20, 2020 - MAYOR INDYA KINCANNON ISSUED EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 1
Mayor Indya Kincannon issued an executive order Friday, March 20, 2020 to close restaurants, bars, gyms and commercial event venues amid growing concerns over COVID-19. The order will allow restaurants and bars to offer delivery and take-out service. Mayor Kincannon said, “Many people in our community will be returning from spring break trips to areas with community spread of COVID-19. I feel it is my responsibility to take all the preventative measures possible to reduce the health impacts in the City of Knoxville.”
View Press Release
View Emergency Executive Order 1 [PDF] - Signed on March 20, 2020
Orden Ejecutiva de Emergencia 1 [PDF]

MARCH 16, 2020 - MAYOR INDYA KINCANNON ISSUED EMERGENCY DECLARATION
On Monday, March 16, 2020, Mayor Indya Kincannon declared a State of Emergency for the City of Knoxville. The Mayor enacted a provision in the City’s charter to give the City the flexibility to take further legal and budgetary action in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Subsequent orders have been issued to extend the Emergency Declaration weekly - see order Nos. 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22.
View Press Release
View Emergency Declaration [PDF] - Signed on March 16, 2020
Comunicado de prensa sobre la declaración del estado de emergencia [PDF]


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GUIDES
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NEWS RELEASES
Click here to view list of COVID-19 related news releases


07/09/2020 - Knox County Public Library to Reopen Entire System on July 17, 2020
07/13/2020 - City Offers New Outdoor Dining Permit
07/15/2020 - Rise in COVID-19 Cases Prompts Rescheduling of Fort Kid Meeting


VIDEOS
Click here to view list of COVID-19 related videos


07/15/2020 - Board of Health Meeting
07/17/2020 - Knox Co. Health Dept. Daily Briefing
07/20/2020 - Knox Co. Health Dept. Daily Briefing