Phase 2 of reopening Knox County expected to begin May 28

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) — Officials with the Knox County Health Department said they expect to begin phase 2 of reopening at the end of May.

“Right now we are planning on moving into Phase 2,” said Dr. Martha Buchanan during a Thursday press conference. “Our growth rate continues to be very flat we will know more next week. Our testing continues to go up, our hospital capacity continues to remain positive. So all of these things are pointing in the direction of continuing to opening more things up ”

The Knox County Health Department issued the following guidelines for phase 2:

Individuals:

All individuals should engage in the following phase-specific practices when in public and regularly sanitize frequently touched surfaces in their homes:

• Physical distancing of at least 6 feet when in public, except with members of your household – “Farther is Safer.”

• Wearing cloth face coverings when physical distancing cannot be consistently maintained.

• Hand washing with soap and water or hand sanitizer if hands are not visibly soiled.

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