Tennessee Gov. signs executive order allowing resumption of contact sports in schools

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Gov. Bill Lee issued an executive order Friday to allow contact sports in schools.

Executive Order No. 55 will allow for contact sports to begin on time, provided they follow the requirements of TSSAA.

"It’s an important part of our community athletics," Gov. Lee said. "We have to remember common sense precautions have to be in place with COVID-19 in order for any return to play to be successful."

Non-TSSAA schools must follow equivalent guidelines, and non-school-sponsored athletics should follow the Tennessee Pledge guidelines.

TSSAA decided last week that it will require fans attending sporting events to wear masks.

Schools will be asked to limit fan attendance and mark specific seats to allow for social distancing. Any coaches, players, team personnel, officials and fans must also have their temperature checked before entering a game facility.

“Athletics is an important part of our way of life and provides many benefits for our student-athletes, but common-sense precautions must be taken to combat COVID-19,” said Gov. Lee. “We have worked directly with the TSSAA to coordinate a framework so that football season and soccer seasons can begin while keeping student-athletes, staff, and fans safe.

This comes as Gov. Lee released back to school guidelines amid COVID-19.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.