Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee
 

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee

 
 

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Due to the decline in COVID-19 cases in the state of Tennessee, the governor is "lifting additional restrictions around who can participate in or attend indoor school sporting events."

Gov. Bill Lee said the change comes after "almost a 60% decline in cases & nearly a 40% decline in hospitalizations."

While Executive Order 74 will be suspended on Monday, Lee said the "guidance and rules of local education agencies and the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association remain in place."

"I encourage Tennesseans to keep up their responsible personal choices as we work towards a COVID-free Tennessee," Lee said in a statement on Thursday.

The TSSAA said in a statement posted on its website that cheerleaders and members of the general public will be allowed to attend games beginning Monday. The TSSAA rules regarding masks, temperature checks, social distancing and COVID-19 recommended venue capacities will remain in effect.

"We're proud that our member schools have been taking steps to follow the Governor's order and limit the spread of the virus," TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress said in a statement. "It is vitally important that we continue to be smart and safe in our activities, wear a mask, wash our hands and practice social distancing at every athletics contest."

TSSAA member schools are encouraged to limit fan attendance to a number that will allow adequate social distancing (1/4 to 1/3 of typical seating capacity, depending on the venue). Schools must facilitate compliance with any applicable state or local order limiting gathering sizes in public events.

 
 

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