State to give free masks to all Tennesseans; thermometers available for businesses to order

Posted at 3:36 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 19:51:17-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Governor Lee announced the state will be giving free cloth masks to any Tennessean who wants one. Small businesses will also be able to order no-touch thermometers in order to help them safely reopen.

Governor Lee recently lifted his "Safer-at-Home" order, but strongly encouraged everyone to adhere to the CDC's guidelines of wearing masks and continuing to social distance as much as possible.

The state has partnered with Renfro Corporation to secure more than 5 million cloth masks, which will be distributed to all 95 health departments in the state beginning this week. They will be given out free of charge to all Tennesseans.

Last week, restaurants and nonessential retail businesses were allowed to reopen at a limited capacity. Lee asked business owners to take the Tennessee Pledge, in which the business commits to operating under the health safety guidelines set for the by state and CDC.

In order to help them do so, Gov. Lee announced Monday that thermometers will be made available for business owners to order. Each business will be allowed ten thermometers.

Business owners can order the no-touch thermometers here.