Maskless Gov. Lee in downtown Nashville: 'Tennessee is open for business!'


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee continues to solicit tourism in Music City as coronavirus restrictions ease and case numbers continue to improve across the state.

Lee posted a video to Twitter, sans mask, standing on Broadway and said "Tennessee is open for business!"

The governor said he was downtown to support some of his favorite local spots.

"Whether you're here for the SEC tournament, a spring breaker, or someone looking for a place to come this summer: Tennessee is open for business!" he said in the video.

While COVID-19 numbers across Tennessee have been improving, the governor touts reopening. But his messages this week haven't included any information about safety protocols or expectations, and we know Gov. Lee has stood firm in not implementing a statewide mask mandate.

FOX 17 News' Kathleen Serie reached out to his office on Wednesday, asking if it's too soon for this type of announcement. She also asked if he thinks this could drive our case numbers back up.

Her questions went unanswered.