Nashville’s Mayor Orders “Stay At Home” Shut Down

Nashville’s Mayor John Cooper announced the city will shut down at midnight for at least 14 days. The Democrat mayor’s decision came after it was revealed that there are 179 reported cases of the Chinese virus in his city. One person has died.

The mayor issued a 14-day “safer at home” order to help limit the spread of coronavirus in the region. The order, which goes into effect at midnight tonight, calls for all non-essential businesses to close and prohibits social gatherings of more than 10 people. All individuals in Davidson County are expected to stay home, except for going out for essential needs. Residents can continue to go to grocery stores, pharmacies, medical appointments and restaurants for take-out. Restaurants and bars can continue take-out and delivery services only. Individuals can also continue to go outside, but are recommended to keep at least six feet away from others.

“This formalizes what many residents and businesses are already doing on their own,” Cooper said in a statement. “It is a difficult decision, especially because of the impact it will have on our businesses, but it is necessary to protect the health and safety of our family, friends and neighbors. The faster we contain COVID-19, the faster we can return to business. We’re in this together. Thank you for your cooperation.”

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“All Nashvillians should stay at home for the time being unless completely essential,” the mayor said on Sunday. “Stay comfortably at home with your loved ones and remain socially distanced from others to protect yourselves.”

Grocery stores, hospitals, gas stations and banks will remain open – but non-essential services will be forced to close.

“This order will further protect residents and support the work of our healthcare providers by flattening the curve,” the mayor said.

The mayor also announced that “faith-based meetings should remain on hold until further notice.”

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