City of Hendersonville Addresses Coronavirus
Hendersonville Leaders Continue City Operations And Take Measures To Address Coronavirus
During the past several days Hendersonville Mayor Jamie Clary, Interim City Administrator Dave LeMarbre and city staff have been communicating with several official sources of information regarding the Coronavirus.
What is the City Doing?
- Out of an over-abundance of caution, City leaders decided today to take some sensible actions while maintaining a logical level of services. The staff will adjust these measures as information changes.
- “We must provide city services and do our part to stop the spread of the illness,” said Mayor Jamie Clary. “We are keeping the health and safety of our residents and city employees as the highest priority. They are the foundation of our decisions."
- “Rest assured, we will do everything to remain focused on the situation while providing services to taxpayers. Emergency Services will change virtually none. Non-emergency services will be scaled back reasonably." - Mayor Jamie Clary
- “We are adapting the recommendations of several government agencies to fit our community.” - Mayor Jamie Clary
Changes to Scheduled City Functions and Operations
- Hendersonville will postpone City court through March 31. Court staff are calling people who have court dates scheduled in March; staff also invite those people to call 615-264-5354 to schedule a new date.
- For the next week, City leaders are asking residents and others to visit City buildings sparingly, doing business by phone or email as much as possible.
- The City is temporarily closing its two enclosed playgrounds--Mary’s Magical Place and Kids Kingdom. Other City parks will remain open and can be used at the discretion of organizations who schedule activities at those facilities.
Other Precautions Being Taken by the City
- The City’s department directors are determining if any staff members recently traveled outside the U.S. and will use a checklist to determine if some employees should be required to stay home.
- The fire chief has made some slight changes, including a requirement that firefighters’ clothing be washed at fire halls, not allowing them to be taken home.
- The City is reducing the use of small conference rooms and the number of people who meet together inside city buildings. Both measures are meant to limit the opportunities of groups to be inside confined areas.
- Department directors will ask some staff to work from home.
- “We have to remember that protecting ourselves from contracting the illness protects others from contracting it from us,” said LeMarbre. “We won’t spread it, if we don’t catch it.”
- Residents are encouraged to seek information from the CDC's Coronavirus site as well as Tennessee's Department of Health for commonsense measures to keep people healthy.
- LeMarbre added, “We will keep people updated through hvilletn.org and through our official Facebook page--Hendersonville City Hall.”