Update from Gov. Bill Lee on Tennessee’s efforts around COVID-19 relief.

National Guard Mobilization

Gov. Lee mobilized the National Guard to assist with expanding testing efforts. 250 personnel, including medical personnel, are preparing to assist 35 remote assessment facilities in rural Tennessee.

State Employee Workforce

State employees who are currently working from home within the Alternative Workplace Solutions program (AWS) should remain working from home until April 24.

School Closures and Educational Resources

• Gov. Lee extended statewide school closure to April 24, 2020.

• The Department of Education has secured a partnership with PBS to offer instructional content on television while students are at home.

Administration Actions

Franchise & Excise Tax Deadline Extended

The filing deadline for franchise and excise taxes has been delayed until July 15, 2020. Taxpayers will have until July 15 to file returns and make any payments, including quarterly estimated payments, originally due in April. Additional information can be found here.

Real ID and Emissions Testing

• Drivers Services has suspended issuing REAL ID through May 18, 2020 as the federal government waived the deadline for REAL ID.

• Emissions testing requirements have also been waived through May 18, 2020.

Utilities

The Attorney General, in consultation with the Lee Administration, has filed an emergency petition asking the Tennessee Public Utility Commission to prohibit utilities from disconnecting service for non-payment during the state of emergency.

Insurance Premiums

Gov. Lee has directed the Department of Commerce and Insurance to issue guidance to insurance providers requesting as much flexibility as possible for employers and individuals during this crisis.

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