Update From Mayor Scott Phillips (March 22, 2020)
At 1:00 this afternoon, the Board of Aldermen adopted an Ordinance of Civil Emergency. As I’ve stated, my encouragement to all has been to voluntarily comply with the CDC and Department of Health guidelines. With the closure of restaurants in nearby cities, and our proximity to the Tennessee line, as well as our own citizens continuing to gather in large numbers, additional measures appear necessary to protect public health. Since my March 21st announcement I have continued to monitor the situation and consult with local health officials. I am advised by local health officials that additional steps should be taken locally to help control the spread of the virus.
Effective at 5:00 p.m. today, March 22, 2020, and continuing in effect through April 21, 2020, restaurants shall only serve food using drive-through, curbside pick-up, or delivery methods. Restaurants and bars shall not allow use by the public of interior or exterior common dining or bar facilities.
Effective at 5:00 p.m. today, March 22, 2020, and continuing through April 21, 2020, all businesses, clubs, organizations, and other gatherings shall adhere to CDC guidelines to limit gatherings to no more than 10 people. Essential services are excluded, including but not limited to hospitals, nursing homes, health clinics, drug stores, pharmacies, banks, grocery stores, convenience stores (but not dine-in areas), gas stations, hardware stores, and manufacturers and distributors of essential supply chain products.
With your cooperation and compliance with this Ordinance we will help limit the spread of the virus and maintain essential economic activity and the supply of vital goods and services. I appreciate your patience, support, and cooperation in complying with this Ordinance.