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In response to recent guidance issued by the CDC and Tennessee Department of Health, the City of Murfreesboro is strongly discouraging citizens from attending Council meetings in person until further notice to protect public safety. All scheduled public hearings for March 19 will be rescheduled to the end of April.
Instead, the public is strongly encouraged to watch the meeting on CityTV or the City’s Facebook Page as in-person attendance by members of the public at this Thursday’s Council meeting will be restricted to comply with the CDC’s most recent social-distancing guidance. (CityTV is available on Comcast Xfinity and AT&T U-verse, as well as several streaming services and the City’s website.)
“The City of Murfreesboro is committed to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens, visitors, and employees, especially with respect to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic,” said Mayor Shane McFarland. “City staff developed and are implementing policies and procedures for the conducting of City business that balances the need to continue certain critical government functions with protecting both citizens and City employees from possible exposure.”
Mayor McFarland made the decision to cancel public hearings and limit public access to City Council meetings until further notice based on Federal, State and local health guidelines. Signs will notify the public of the temporary change. The essential functions of government, such as Police, Fire, Power and Water Resources, will continue to operate.
This temporary action on public meetings follows the National and State Emergency declarations due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The City continues to actively monitor Federal, State and County health authority actions and responds accordingly.
“We understand the seriousness of this situation and we’re concerned about the health and safety of our citizens,” said Mayor Shane McFarland. “You can rest assured, it’s a top priority. We care about the well-being of our residents and employees, especially the elderly and healthcare providers of our City.”
“Our goal is to keep the essential operations of government, public safety and critical staff functions, open and operating as much as possible while following CDC guidelines and limiting exposure to present or slow the rate of infection,” added McFarland.
To watch a YouTube PSA released March 16 by Mayor McFarland, click https://youtu.be/mzX42HTBiyw
To follow the latest Coronavirus information from the City of Murfreesboro and our State and Federal partners visit, https://www.murfreesborotn.gov/1690/Coronavirus-Information
The following City actions and activities in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) include:
Murfreesboro City Schools have been closed from Monday, March 16-April 3, at this time, in accordance with the Governor’s recommendation. The MCS CHOW Food Service Program is active at approximately 40 locations. Food distribution will also include backpack food for the weekend. Any donations for backpack food should be from the specific outlined list of supplies or financial donations can be made to the City Schools Foundation, To learn more on how to donate and for updates on closings, visit http://www.cityschools.net/.
“We will remain vigilant and, as always, we have an Emergency Response Plan developed for this emerging threat.” said Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Chief Mark Foulks.
“Public Safety is our top priority and essential services for our community will continue,” said Murfreesboro Police Chief Mike Bowen.”
As the City of Murfreesboro battles this threat with the rest of the national community, we continue to urge all citizens to follow CDC practices:
For additional City of Murfreesboro closings and cancellations, visit https://www.murfreesborotn.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2831
For information announced daily by the Governor and Tennessee Department of Health, visit
Click here to access the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 webpage for the most up to date information and guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
For City News online, visit www.Murfreesborotn.gov