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Murfreesboro City Hill will reopen to the public Wednesday, May 6 as the City continues a measured, phased “reopening” under Gov. Lee’s Tennessee Pledge guidelines and expired “Stay-at-Home” Order lifted on April 30.
Reopening adheres to the Economic Recovery Group guidelines and President Trump’s “Opening Up American Again” guidance. Other City facility operational guidelines are provided below. Phased guidelines allow local governments to begin phased operations and eased restrictions.
On April 28, Mayor McFarland provided guidance on relaxing restrictions under Murfreesboro’s “Safer at Home Reopening Guidelines” by advising local non-essential businesses to resume commerce safely while maintaining social distancing. The guidance included Parks and Recreation facilities, some of which reopened May 4, 2020. The latest, updated Guidelines are available at the Coronavirus Information webpage.
“While I’m pleased to announce that City Hall and other City facilities will resume public operations under the lifting of Governor Lee’s order and phased modifications, we need to stay the course and remain vigilant,” said Mayor Shane McFarland. “Some restrictive measures, especially for vulnerable populations, remain appropriate. Everyone should continue to observe social distancing, wear face coverings in public, and practice good hygiene.”
McFarland added, “This is Phase 1 of the phased return to normalcy. Returning to normal will take time, but the need to open up government operations along with businesses, which have suffered under the emergency shutdown, is critical to commerce and economic welfare. The top priority has been and will continue to be public safety.”
Facilities Phased Plans:
Below is a list of pertinent opening information of City operations and facilities:
In March, City Hall and other City facilities closed to the public in efforts to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and to avoid a surge in local hospital capacity. The goal was to balance the community’s needs for critical services with employee and public safety. Limited staffing and alternative scheduling were designed to reduce potential spread of the virus. While some service delivery was delayed, the City’s critical operations: Police, Fire, Water and Sewer, Communications and disaster management, and Solid Waste operated fully. During closure, City hall business continued on a limited basis, mostly through online servicing and alternative measures to help maintain continuity of government and delivery of critical City services to citizens.
Social Distancing Citywide Continues:
Even with the reopening of facilities, physical distancing and sanitizing protocols must be adhered to in City facilities to contain the spread of Covid-19 and prevent a possible resurgence of the virus. This includes CDC guidance for wearing face coverings in public, frequent hand washing and hand sanitizer usage, disinfecting surfaces and avoiding meetings in groups of more than 10. Vulnerable individuals, including those with pre-existing conditions, should continue to stay home unless needing to leave for a medical emergency.
In addition, members of all households with vulnerable residents should be aware that by returning to work or other environments where distancing is not practical, they could carry the virus home. Stringent precautions are recommended for these households. Precautions should be taken to protect vulnerable residents. The elderly and individuals with serious underlying health conditions (high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those with compromised immune systems) should remain isolated.
The City is still prohibiting visits to the Senior Center on St. Clair Street to protect this vulnerable population. Interaction with the elderly population at senior living and nursing home facilities in our community should adhere to strict CDC protocols regarding social distancing and hygiene.
Any Person with medical concerns should contact their primary healthcare provider or call the Rutherford County Health Department at 615-898-7880 or 615-849-0347 Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. to be connected with appropriate resources for testing.
Testing and Contact Tracing:
Expanded testing for Covid-19 remains a high priority for the Rutherford County Health Department of both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals who want to be tested. Murfreesboro Police officers continued staffing the Covid-19 testing site at the Murfreesboro Medical Clinic as well as staffing drive-through rapid testing by the Rutherford County Health Department, Saturday, April 18 and May 2. The County Health Department is tracing positive contacts to quarantine patients and those who have come into contact with confirmed individuals.
Parks & Recreation Facilities:
In addition to opening City Hall, some Murfreesboro Parks facilities reopened to the public, as part of Phase 1, effective Monday, May 4:
Social distancing guidelines, use of protective equipment, sanitation and disinfecting protocols in high traffic areas remain in effect at these Park facilities. Follow the latest City of Murfreesboro reopenings at https://www.murfreesborotn.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2831.
“As the City and our community reopens we continue to monitor the situation and are prepared with our County partners to take immediate and appropriate steps to mitigate any situation that may arise.” said City Manager Craig Tindall. “We all greatly appreciate those employees who worked very hard throughout this situation to maintain a high level of service despite limited staffing and resources.”
Under the Mayor’s Reopening Guidelines and Tennessee Pledge, some businesses previously closed under Stay-at-Home orders were allowed to reopen beginning April 27:
However, these venues must operate under strict physical distancing, sanitation and specific guidance protocols. Bars remain closed at this time.
Elective and non-urgent medical procedures were allowed to resume safely May 1 as clinically appropriate after Gov. Lee’s Order expired April 30.
For Universal guidance on these and other private sector business, visit https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19/economic-recovery/general-guidelines-for-businesses.html.
Mayor McFarland’s “Safer at Home Reopening Guidelines” can be viewed on the City’s Coronavirus Information page at http://www.murfreesborotn.gov/DocumentCenter/View/11476/Murfreesboro-Safer-at-Home-Reopening-Guide-Amended-542020
The City continues to encourage citizens to follow existing CDC and Tennessee Department of Health guidelines and recommendations for social distancing and good hygiene:
Health and Safety Mitigation measures for returning to work include:
Citizens can follow updated Coronavirus information from the City of Murfreesboro and our State and Federal partners on the City of Murfreesboro website. https://www.murfreesborotn.gov/1690/Coronavirus-Information.
For information announced by the Governor, including update guidance, visit https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19.html.
For City News online, visit www.Murfreesborotn.gov.