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Murfreesboro City Hall will be closed to the public, effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020, until further notice. Critical operations will continue.
The temporary City Hall closure follows executive orders, including Executive Order 17, by Governor Bill Lee in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement also follows an order, issued on Saturday, March 21, by Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland, declaring a local ‘State of Emergency’ for the City. The City’s local declaration became effective at 6:00 p.m. Saturday with specific measures effective at 12:00 a.m. (midnight) Monday, March 23, 2020.
“Effective Wednesday, March 25, City Hall will be closed to the public but will remain open to employees in order to help maintain the continuity of government and deliver critical City services to our citizens,” said Mayor Shane McFarland. “City employees will continue to deliver critical services to our residents throughout this challenging time as we battle the coronavirus threat. More than ever, Murfreesboro citizens will continue to rely on us to deliver critical services and support while we navigate these unprecedented days together.”
City Manager Craig Tindall stated, “Our goal is to balance the community’s need for critical services with employee safety. Therefore, while we will close City Hall to the public, City offices will remain operational but with limited staff. Limited staffing is intended to reduce the potential spread of the virus. Some service delivery may be delayed. Critical services will be unaffected, including public safety, water and sewer service, emergency management, and communications. Solid waste pickup will also continue; however, residents are requested to curtail setting out brush, limb, and grass clippings until further notice. Commercial landscapers are reminded that they are required to haul away all debris under all circumstances. Additionally, the City continues to encourage everyone to follow CDC and Tennessee Department of Health guidelines and recommendations.”
The following is a list of departments with customer service changes due to closure of City Hall. Please visit these sites for more information:
For online payments, visit http://www.murfreesborotn.gov/366/Online-Payments.
Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order 17 enacted provisions regarding restaurants, bars, gyms fitness/exercise centers, and nursing homes. For detailed information, visit the Office of Governor website at https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19.html.
The Mayor’s local “State of Emergency” Order (March 21), among other things:
The Mayor issued the order pursuant to special emergency powers granted to local governments pursuant to state law.
Persons with medical concerns should continue to contact their primary healthcare provider or call the Rutherford County Health Department at 615-898-7880 to be connected with appropriate resources.
Citizens can follow the latest Coronavirus information from the City of Murfreesboro and our State and Federal partners on CityTV or the City of Murfreesboro website. Just click this link: https://www.murfreesborotn.gov/1690/Coronavirus-Information.
Follow the latest City of Murfreesboro closings and cancellations. Click https://www.murfreesborotn.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2831. Pertinent information below:
For information related to local business and commerce, including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201, Disaster Relief Loans (SBA) and other disaster relief measures, please visit the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development website COVID-19 Small Business Resources https://www.tn.gov/ecd/covid-19-small-business-resources or contact the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce at 615-893-6565 or visit their website https://www.rutherfordchamber.org/.
The City continues to urge all citizens to follow CDC practices:
For information announced 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.