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May 18, 2020

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TAUD COVID-19 UPDATE

May 15, 2020: Public Meetings, Opening Up Utility Offices and Stimulus Funding for Local Governments

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Based upon calls and emails to TAUD, this Update has been prepared to bring you up to date on issues related to COVID-19 for Tennessee utilities.

Electronic Board Meetings
On Friday, March 20, 2020, Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order No. 16 which authorized the members of governing bodies of local governments to participate in board meetings electronically through May 18, 2020. On May 6, 2020, Governor Lee issued Executive Order No. 34 which extends this authorization through June 30, 2020. The guidance for local governments on the parameters and conditions for conducting electronic board meetings remain the same which are described in TAUD COVID-19 Update – March 24, 2020: Conducting Utility Board Meetings with Electronic Access. https://www.taud.org/Corona/UPDATE%20FROM%20TAUD%20ON%20THE%20COVID-19%20CRISIS_3-18-20.htm

Opening Up Utility Offices
The Governor’s Safer at Home order expired on April 30, 2020. The State of Tennessee has issued guidelines on the re-opening of businesses using a plan known as “Tennessee Pledge.” This plan has been adopted to help Tennesseans return to work in a safe environment, restore their livelihoods and reboot our state’s economy. The Tennessee Pledge has some specific guidelines for certain businesses such as restaurants, retail stores and close contact businesses (barbers shops, nail salons).

There are no specific guidelines for public utilities. However, there is a set of guidelines for Office Buildings which would apply to the offices of public utilities. You can find these guidelines for Office Buildings on the Governor’s website at: https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19/economic-recovery/office-guidelines.html . These guidelines apply to all businesses, including those that are reopening and those essential businesses that remained open during the Safer at Home order. These guidelines in 89 of Tennessee’s 95 counties. The following counties have the flexibility to establish their own return to work guidelines: Shelby, Madison, Davidson, Hamilton, Knox and Sullivan Counties. If your utility is located in one of these counties, the utility needs to follow the local guidelines adopted by your county.

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Tennessee Association of Utility Districts
840 Commercial Court
Murfreesboro, TN 37133
Phone: 615.896.9022
Email: TAUD@taud.org
Web: https://www.taud.org