Governor Lee to Businesses: Take the ‘Tennessee Pledge’ to Reopen Safely

Date: April 30, 2020

On April 24, Gov. Bill Lee released his administration’s reopening plan called the “Tennessee Pledge.” The governor is calling on Tennessee employers, employees, and consumers to “take the pledge” by following published universal guidance and best practices for enhanced safety measures, including using face coverings and maintaining social distancing. Business sectors also are receiving industry-specific guidance; to date, those industries include the restaurant, retail, gym and fitness, and salon and barber (close contact) industries. More announcements are expected soon.

Governor Lee is encouraging all businesses to access a downloadable Tennessee Pledge Toolkit, which includes:

   • Social media graphics along with sample social media copy and a request that businesses post photos of how they are implementing the TN Pledge guidelines
   • Variations of two posters – one for customer-facing front of house use and another for employee-facing back of house use. There is room at the bottom of white 8.5×11 and all 11×17 versions to add association and individual business logos.
   • TN Pledge logos for various uses
   • PSA copy and talking points with request for business owners and industry leaders to record videos and post photos

Currently, the plan applies to businesses in 89 of our state’s 95 counties. Businesses in six counties – Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, Madison, Shelby, and Sullivan – will have different timetables and recommended protocols, so follow those jurisdictions for forthcoming specific announcements.

NFIB is proud to be part of the governor’s Economic Recovery Group Task Force, which is making recommendations on best practices for Tennessee businesses. We thank the approximately 50 NFIB members who have been serving on various subcommittees.

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Key links 

   Tennessee Pledge Landing Page 

   Printable Universal and Industry-Specific Guidance 

   Downloadable Toolkit for Businesses

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