City of Oak Ridge adopts Gov. Bill Lee’s latest Executive Order requiring Tennesseans to stay home unless carrying out essential activities

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (April 2, 2020) – The City of Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch issued an executive order at 5 p.m. Thursday to adopt the revised Executive Order 23 issued by Governor Bill Lee that requires Tennesseans to stay home unless they are carrying out essential activities.

Mayor Gooch urged Oak Ridgers to stay at home except to carry out essential activities.

“It is time for all of us to stay home, starve the virus, save lives, and support local businesses for your essential activities,” Mayor Gooch said. “Stay positive and remember, we are in this together and we will win this war against an invisible enemy.” 

The City’s local State of Emergency ordinance implemented on March 23, 2020, regarding COVID-19 has been updated to adopt the new executive order. The Local State of Emergency was declared in order to prevent the spread of, and to facilitate the containment of, the COVID-19 disease.

“After six extremely busy weeks of planning and preparation, the City is ready for the full implementation of this executive order,” said Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson. “We ask for patience with our public safety and personnel as we respond to this ever-changing situation.”

According to the state, data shows an increase in citizen movement across the state.

Data from the Tennessee Department of Transportation analyzed traffic patterns for March 2020. While safer at home measures and further restrictions on businesses showed a steep drop-off in vehicle movement from March 13-29, data beginning on March 30 indicates travel is trending upwards, again.

“Over the last few weeks, we have seen decreases in movement around the state as Tennesseans socially distance and stay at home,” said Gov. Lee. “However, in recent days we have seen data indicating that movement may be increasing and we must get these numbers trending back down. I have updated my previous executive order to clearly require that Tennesseans stay at home unless they are carrying out essential activities.”

As of 2 p.m. on April 2, the State of Tennessee has 2,845 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are 10 recorded cases in Anderson County and 3 in Roane County.

The executive order remains in effect until April 14, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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