NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) — The state is likely to have new laws that will limit COVID-19 restrictions.
Just days ago, Governor Bill Lee said he would sign a package that would limit what governments and businesses can demand – to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.
The legislation was passed during last month’s special session in response to President Biden’s demand that millions of workers be vaccinated.
One of the new policies would largely dissuade governments and businesses from demanding proof of COVID-19 vaccinations.
Possible consequences of the signing of the COVID-19 law by Gov. Lee
Instead, it will allow public authorities, including schools, to require masks in serious public health scenarios, such as a declared emergency.
In addition, if the average 14-day infection rate is at least a thousand new known infections for every 100 thousand inhabitants, the COVID-19 precautions will return.
In this scenario, the mandate could last no longer than 14 days unless those serious circumstances still exist.
“We want our kids to be maskless and in school every day,” said Christine Buggs, a board member of MNPS. “But we understand that COVID is something we haven’t battled before, so we’re still learning as the delta variant continues to do its thing.”
If the bill becomes law, it will affect districts that violate it.
“We want to make sure the specifics of this legislation are accurate, but on balance,” said Governor Bill Lee. “I agree with what’s in the package. My plan is to sign that bill.”
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The bill could also lead government agencies and companies to contact the state comptroller to request exemptions for both vaccines and mask mandates.
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