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Governor extends executive orders

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has signed Executive Order Nos. 36 and 37, extending the state of emergency declaration from May 18, 2020 to June 30, 2020, in order to extend certain provisions facilitating the State’s continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Executive Order No. 36 consolidates provisions from Executive Order Nos. 15, 19, 20, 24, 28, and 32 into one order, while extending and in some cases expanding those provisions, and Executive Order No. 37 extends Executive Order No. 26. The extensions will ensure continued:

*Broad access to telehealth services;

*Increased opportunities for people to easily join the healthcare workforce;

*Easier access to unemployment benefits;

*Supply chain and price gouging protections;

*Extended deadlines and suspended inspection requirements to avoid unnecessary person-to-person contact;

*Increased opportunities to work remotely where appropriate; and

*Ability to remotely notarize and witness legal documents through electronic means.