Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland issued a renewed order, amending the local ‘State of Emergency’for the City of Murfreesboro in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The renewed order goes into effect at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, and remains in effect until 6:00 p.m. on April 4. The order is attached.

“As of March 28, Rutherford County had 46 confirmed cases by the Tennessee Health Department, but we know it will get worse. We need to continue to be proactive to stop the spread and save lives,”said Mayor Shane McFarland. “Our top priority is protecting the health and safety of our citizens. Whether these local and state orders closing schools, restaurants, fitness centers and now smoking lounges must be maintained beyond April 4, I wish I could answer. We just dont know at this time.”

The renewed Order adds sections, ordering or encouraging, among other things:

    •       Cigar Bars and Hookah Lounges: Orders all cigar bars, hookah lounges, and other establishments whose business involves offering a place for people to gather and smoke tobacco and similar products to close and remain closed to any member of the public, (effective at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2020), except for the sale of tobacco and related products to be used or consumed at a location other than the establishments premises;

    •       Safe at Home Guidance: Strongly encourages all individuals living within the City to remain at their place of residence except as is necessary to maintain their health and economic well-being. While this Order does not mandate sheltering in place, individuals must comply with all other provisions of this Order and any other law, order or rule related to the containment of COVID-19 whenever it is necessary for them to travel away from their residence. Individuals whose residences are unsafe or become unsafe, such as victims of domestic violence, are urged to leave their home and stay at a safe alternative location;

    •       CDC Guidelines: Strongly encourages all members of the public to comply with the guidance and directives issued by the federal CDC pertaining to the containment of COVID-19, which can be found by going to https://www.cdc.gov/;

    •       Social/Physical Distancing: Strongly encourages individuals using shared or outdoor spaces to maintain physical distancing of at least six (6) feet from any other person with whom they do not share a residence;

    •       Mass Gatherings: In accordance with Governor Bill Lees Executive Order No. 17, social gatherings of more than ten (10) people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited. This provision does not prohibit the gathering of members of the same household;

    •       City Parks: Prohibits sporting events, athletic practices or games, or any other gathering involving ten (10) or more people (who do not resident together) from taking place in any City park or on the property of an elementary or secondary school within the City. The Citys greenways and other park facilities remain open, provided individuals using the greenways comply with Section 10 of this Order and abide by the physical distancing requirements recommended by the CDC.

The City urges all citizens to follow CDC practices:

    •       Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

    •       Cover your cough and sneezing.

    •       Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

    •       Practice social distancing.

    •       Stay home when you are sick and call your physician or the County Health Department at 615-898-7880 for guidance.

    •       Stay home if you come into contact with someone who is sick.

    •       Clean and disinfect objects (e.g., cell phone, computer) and high touch surfaces.

    •       Make sure you continue to have adequate supplies, such as medications, if needed.

For information from the Tennessee Department of Health, visit

https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html.

For the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 webpage and most recent information and guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.