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Posted on: April 21, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Mayor schedules Live Televised Briefing April 23 on Facebook and CityTV amid Gov. Lee’s announcement

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Mayor Shane McFarland will hold another Live televised briefing Thursday, April 23, at 6 p.m. to be carried live on Facebook and CityTV. The televised briefing can be viewed on Comcast Xfinity channel 3 & 1094, AT&T Uverse channel 99, Roku, Apple TV via Cablecast Screenweave, www.youtube.com/cityofmurfreesboro, and city website at www.murfreesborotn.gov/citytv.

To watch the briefing live on Facebook, go to https://www.facebook.com/cityofmurfreesborotn.

The scheduled briefing comes after Gov. Lee announced Monday, April 20, 2020, that his “Stay at Home” order (Executive Order 27) will expire April 30, allowing businesses to begin a phased reopening next week.  Mayor McFarland’s renewed order adopting the Governor’s Orders, is extended through 11:59 p.m., April 28, 2020.

“I want to continue to update the citizens of Murfreesboro on both the health and economic impact of the coronavirus to provide information on how to protect you and your loved ones as well as the livelihood of workers and small businesses in our community,” stated Mayor Shane McFarland. “The regular Live televised briefing on Facebook Live is a way for me to provide essential information and allow citizens and businesses to provide input and ask pertinent questions related to this crisis.”

The April 23rd Facebook Live briefing on CityTV will focus particularly on input from small businesses as the City prepares to reopen under the Governor’s guidelines.

Many citizens and businesses have questions about how a service or business can safely reopen and operate under Governor Lee’s decision to allow the “Stay at Home” order to expire April 30.  Nonessential businesses will open according to specific guidance that will be provided by the Governor and the Economic Recovery Group.  The guidance will be in accordance with state and national experts in medicine and business. Proper Social distancing and hygiene protocols will continue.

Phase 1 of President Trump’s “Opening Up American Again” provides guidance on how local governments can begin phased-in operations and ease restrictions. Mayor McFarland, under Governor Lee’s guidance, the advice of health authorities and local businesses, will over the days and weeks, advise relaxing restrictions by allowing some non-essential businesses to resume commerce safely while maintaining proper social distancing.

“This will not be a return to normal life, not just yet,” said Mayor Shane McFarland. “Some restrictions, especially for vulnerable populations in nursing homes and senior living facilities, still remain appropriate. Even with a planned reopening, everyone should continue to practice social distancing and good hygiene.”

McFarland added, “This will only be Phase 1 of the three phases in a return to normalcy.  As we all know, returning to normal will take some time but the need to open up businesses and the economy is critical to commerce and economic welfare. Our top priority has been, and will continue to be, public safety.” 

Until May 1, the governor’s Executive Orders stipulate, “Businesses or organizations that do not perform Essential Services shall not be open for access or use by the public or its members.”  The Executive Orders allow for the continuation of essential businesses. Non-essential businesses including establishments open for eating or drinking onsite, are ordered to remain closed until April 30. For more information on non-essential businesses, Governor Lee’s Executive Orders and other information, visit https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19.html.

Mayor McFarland issues local Declarations pursuant to special emergency powers granted to local governments pursuant to state law and follows Executive Orders issued by Governor Bill Lee in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mayor holds regular Live televised briefings on Facebook and CityTV to provide updates on the crisis and answer questions in real-time. The live broadcasts are aired on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cityofmurfreesborotn.

Citizens can view the Mayor’s Declarations and follow the latest City Coronavirus Information at the City of Murfreesboro website: https://www.murfreesborotn.gov/1690/Coronavirus-Information.

Residents are also encouraged to watch CityTV for updates, including closings and reopening as well as CDC videos.  For video messages, including COVID-19 Updates and Briefings from Mayor McFarland, visit http://www.murfreesborotn.gov/1702/City-Video-Messages.

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.

The City urges all citizens to continue to comply with the Governor’s “Stay at Home” Order still in effect through April 30 and CDC guidelines and practices:

  • 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 Lee’s Executive Order No. 17, social gatherings of more than ten (10) people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited. This would include gyms and exercise and fitness facilities as well as 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. 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 City’s 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.
  • Restaurants and On-Site Food and Alcohol Service:  Orders that establishments whose primary business is alcohol service or food service remain closed for on-site consumption as required by Governor Lee’s Executive Order No. 17 or as may be required by any subsequent order of the Governor amending or superseding Executive Order No. 17 The order does not prohibit pick-up, take-out, delivery, or drive through service that is conducted in accordance with Executive Order No. 17.  In addition, the order does not apply to non-profit or government organizations providing food at no cost to individuals who are homeless or are otherwise in need of such services;

The City urges all citizens to continue 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 or 615-849-0347 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 City News online, visit www.Murfreesborotn.gov.


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