Our office has received a ton of questions related to COVID-19 and the Carter County Mayor’s executive order. We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions here to help answer some of the common ones.

We STRONGLY RECOMMEND you read the county mayor’s executive order. That will help clarify most of the misunderstandings and answer the rumors we’ve heard throughout the county. The mayor’s order closely reflects the content in the governor’s “Stay at Home” order. The mayor’s order is currently in effect until April 21, and the governor’s order is in effect until April 30. Both can be renewed.

County Order

We’ve also linked the list of the Tennessee Governor’s executive orders, as well as the CDC’s FAQ page regarding COVID-19 questions.

State Orders     CDC Resources

Is there a curfew?
No, there is no curfew. You are allowed to leave your home and/or travel for essential purposes. There is no limit on what time you may do that.
Am I allowed to go to work?
If you are a worker for an essential business or industry, you are allowed to work. Please read the County Mayor’s order to see which fields are considered essential (it’s probably more than you think).
Will I have to carry papers showing I am an employee of an essential business/industry to travel to and from work?
No, we will not demand proof of employment from you.
Is there a fine for being outside?
No. In fact, the County Mayor’s order specifically lists going outside (even in public places) as a permitted essential activity as long as you follow social distancing guidelines (stay six feet away from other people, no groups larger than ten, etc.).
Will you be stopping or checking travelers at the North Carolina border?
No, we will not be stopping traffic in and out of the county. In fact, travel into and out of the state of Tennessee is listed as essential travel under Governor Lee’s executive orders.
If I’m traveling home from outside Carter County, will I be allowed back in?
Yes, we are not stopping traffic into or out of the county.