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Knoxville mayor extends safer at home order until April 20

The Safer at Home order keeps non-essential businesses closed, urges residents to stay home and encourages everyone to avoid gathering in groups of more than 10.

Knoxville's mayor is extending the city's Safer at Home order, which was set to expire on April 14.

Mayor Indya Kincannon signed the extension order on Monday that now ends on April 20. She said she will continue to extend as needed to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Safer at Home order keeps non-essential businesses closed, urges residents to stay home when possible and encourages everyone to avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people.

“Medical and public health professionals tell us that social distancing is working. By keeping these restrictions in place we save lives and set the foundation for economic recovery,” she said.

Kincannon said she knows this is stressful, but "together we will get through this.”

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Her initial order went into effect Wednesday, April 1, 2020. 

If you need financial assistance, food resources or other help because of the pandemic call 2-1-1 or go to knoxvilletn.gov/Covid19.

Kincannon told 10News Friday that she had encouraged the governor to do the same for the rest of the state. Gov. Lee's current stay at home order is set to expire on April 14.

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