Tennessee issued an emergency rule that set forth quarantine procedures related to COVID-19. The rule is effective from Dec. 22, 2021 to June 20, 2022.
Update Jan. 6, 2022: Tennessee has released new guidance that lowers the period of isolation to five days in certain circumstances, while continuing to require masking.
The emergency rule provides guidance on quarantine and isolation procedures for businesses and individuals to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
Under the emergency rule, a private business may be temporarily quarantined when the Commissioner of Health or their designee determines that the potential for transmission of COVID-19 to people on an employer’s premises poses a serious public health or safety threat that is not effectively managed by mitigation measures.
Note: An employer’s quarantine will end when the serious public health or safety threat no longer exists.
Under the emergency rule, a person who tests positive for COVID-19 must now immediately isolate for at least five days from the date of:
- their specimen collection that resulted in the positive test result (for individuals without COVID-19 symptoms); or
- the initial onset of symptoms. They must continue to isolate until they can show improvement in symptoms and have been fever-free (without using fever-reducing medication) for at least 24 hours.
Note: A person may end isolation at any time following a negative test result for COVID-19.
Tennessee employers should train their management, HR personnel and employees on the emergency rule. Please contact your dedicated service professional with any questions.