All of us, no matter where we’re from, have some things in common. We all want to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities. With that in mind, we’re about to tell you something we’ve never said before.
“We Will Always Love You,” but right now we’re more concerned about your health. Following the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Tennessee attractions have temporarily closed. We will welcome you with the warm hospitality Tennessee is known for when the time is right. Until then, explore “The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.” through a number of virtual attractions and live experiences.
Tennessee is currently under a state of emergency and asks residents and visitors follow CDC guidance to avoid discretionary travel and practice social distancing.
With the exception of one, 15 of our 16 Tennessee Welcome Centers continue to provide essential services including ramp access to the center, restroom access and access to picnic areas and vending. These operations are consistent with other states. With limited outdoor space for visitors, the I-40 Welcome Center at the Tennessee/Arkansas border has temporarily suspended service.
On March 22, Governor Lee issued Executive Order 17 with the following statewide guidelines:
- No social gatherings of 10 or more people.
- Dining establishments are limited to drive-thru, take-out or delivery options.
- Dining establishments may sell alcohol by take-out or delivery to those 21 and up.
- Gyms and fitness/exercise centers or similar facilities are to temporarily close.
- Visitation to nursing homes, retirement homes and long-term care or assisted living facilities is limited to essential care only.
Several Tennessee counties have issued shelter-in-place or similar guidelines, which further prohibit travel in those areas.
On March 26, Tennessee State Parks transitioned to day-use schedules for all 56 state parks, opening daily from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. The new schedule will be in place until at least Friday, April 10. During this period, all public gathering spaces such as visitor centers, shelters and playgrounds at state parks will be closed. Parks cabins, lodges and campgrounds will also be closed. Visit tnstateparks.com/about/keeping-visitors-healthy for more details.
It’s important to remember, coronavirus doesn’t target specific populations of racial or ethnic backgrounds.
For the latest travel guidance, prevention tips and information about coronavirus in Tennessee, visit: