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MAYOR KINCANNON ISSUES EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 19
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 1, 2020 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, Administrative Building for Parks & Recreation and Vehicle Impoundment Lot.  Visitors coming to the City County Building will also be asked to wear a mask for all City related business.
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View Complete Details of Emergency Executive Order No. 19 [PDF]
KNOX COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH ISSUES ORDER
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. The full text of the order will be made available at https://covid.knoxcountytn.gov.

COVID-19 HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Are you having trouble paying your rent or mortgage due to financial issues brought about by COVID-19? Maybe your rent or mortgage is temporarily delayed, but you aren’t sure how you’ll afford to pay when the bills are due?  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: 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.

CALL 3-1-1 FOR QUESTIONS REGARDING COVID-19 AND PHASED REOPENING GUIDELINES

CITY & COUNTY COMMUNITY STRATEGY FOR PHASED REOPENING Phase 1Phase 2 ]


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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.


KNOX COUNTY COVID-19 TESTING

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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COVID-19 INFORMATION

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


masks
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 Complete Details of Emergency Executive Order No. 19 [PDF]


ADOPTING GOV. LEE'S TENNESSEE PLEDGE JULY 1, 2020


On June 17, 2020, the Knox County Board of Health voted to adopt Governor Lee's Tennessee Pledge guidance effective July 1, 2020. Until then, Knox County will continue to operate under the local reopening plan's Phase Two guidelines. Additional updates to the website are forthcoming. The Knox County/City of Knoxville phased reopening plan (also available in Spanish) and the Phase Two Amendment are complementary to Governor Lee’s “Tennessee Pledge: Reopening Tennessee Responsibly” framework and the White House’s “Opening Up America Again” guidance. The Knox County/City of Knoxville plan provides local guidance and a strategy for supporting a safe, phased reopening. If there are differences between the federal, state and local plans, the community should follow the local guidance, unless specific references to state guidance are stated. As additional federal and state recommendations are released, amendments to our local plan may be issued.


CITY & COUNTY LOCAL BUSINESS REOPENING PLAN


PHASE 2

Knox County and the City of Knoxville will begin Phase Two of the community’s reopening plan on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
 
Most industries can operate in Phase Two if they can maintain safety and health precautions. The Phase Two guidelines are posted on KCHD’s website, titled “Reopening Plan: Phase Two Amendment.” Phase Two builds upon Phase One; if an industry was open in Phase One, they remain open. KCHD will assess the status of Phase Two on June 12, 2020 and will make potential recommendations at that time. 

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COVID-19 Phased Reopening Plan: Phase Two Amendment [PDF]

MAXIMUM 50 PEOPLE GATHERING
Improper social distancing of group of 50Example: Small Wedding Reception Executed Improperly
• More than 50 people present
• Close proximity to people not within their own household
• 6 feet physical distancing is not being observed
Proper social distancing of group of 50Example: Small Wedding Reception Executed Properly
• 50 people or fewer present
• Households staying together and maintaining 6 feet distancing from others
• Guests are wearing masks when 6 feet distancing from non-household members is not consistent
• Physical distancing guidelines to manage guests present

Phase 2 of Reopening



PHASE 1

  Watch news conference below

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  COVID-19 Phased Reopening Plan [PDF]
en español [PDF]
  COVID-19 Reopening Phases Chart [PDF]
   
Knox County and the City of Knoxville will begin a gradual, phased-in reopening of businesses Friday, May 1, 2020. The collaborative plan emerged after extensive work from a joint City / County Task Force convened by the Knox County Health Department.

The plan highlights the fact that the community will not be immediately returning to a pre-pandemic “normal”, but instead outlines a 3 phase approach to reopening. Each phase will last a minimum of 28 days.

This plan also emphasizes 5 CORE ACTIONS all individuals are being asked to adhere to throughout the reopening process:
 
• Practice Physical Distancing
• Wear Cloth Face Coverings
• Practice Proper Handwashing
• Clean / Sanitize Surfaces
• Stay Home if Sick

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Phase 1 of Reopening



BUSINESS RESOURCES

Posters for Businesses - printable posters to help businesses during reopening
• Thank You For Wearing Masks Poster: 
English [PDF]  |  español
• No Shoes, No Shirt, No Mask, No Service Poster:
English [PDF]  |  español

View more Business Resources


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


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

Safer at Home Info 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's Executive OrderMayor 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, 15, 16, 17, 18.
View Press Release
View Emergency Declaration [PDF] - Signed on March 16, 2020
Comunicado de prensa sobre la declaración del estado de emergencia [PDF]


BE SAFE KNOXVILLE


         


GUIDES




STAY SAFE IN 8 Guidelines for Social Distancing COVID-19 Prevention Guide

NEWS RELEASES


Click here to view list of COVID-19 related news releases
 
05/28/2020 - City Unveils Alternative Fourth of July Celebration Plans
06/03/2020 - Pools Open Saturday, Summer Camps Start June 15, 2020
06/08/2020 - New Program Pays Housing Costs for Residents Affected by COVID-19
06/23/2020 - City Receives Additional $2.2 Million in Federal COVID-19 Aid


VIDEOS


Click here to view list of COVID-19 related videos


06/22/2020 - Masks: Myth vs Facts
06/22/2020 - Knox Co. Health Dept. Daily Briefing
06/24/2020 - Knox Co. Health Dept. Daily Briefing
06/25/2020 - Mayor Kincannon on Facebook Live
06/26/2020 - Knox Co. Health Dept. Daily Briefing
06/29/2020 - Mayor's Minute
06/29/2020 - Knox Co. Health Dept. Daily Briefing

Knox County Health Department Media Briefings
Governor Bill Lee Daily Media Briefings