COVID-19 Phased Reopening Plan

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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.


PHASE 1  |  PHASE 2  |  PHASE 3


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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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COVID-19 Phased Reopening Plan [PDF]  |  en español [PDF]
COVID-19 Reopening Phases Chart [PDF]

Phase 1 of Reopening


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]

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


Reopening Plan lists Phase 3 at 28 days after Phase 2. Depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in our area, this could change.

Phase 3 of Reopening