Scenes from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge during May 1 reopening

Cooped-up tourists headed to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg on Friday as shops and restaurants reopened their doors for the first time since Gov. Bill Lee ordered non-essential businesses across the state to close.

Despite Tennessee’s rising case count, people shopped and ate freely at The Island and along the main drag in Gatlinburg. Restaurants offered reduced-capacity seating, but retail stores were allowed to open without restrictions. Attractions are not yet permitted to open.

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