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Message from the Mayor

Post Date:04/27/2020 10:20 AM

Davidson County is NOT included in the governor’s plan to re-open businesses in Tennessee. We do not follow Davidson County. We cannot follow Davidson County.

Sumner County, including Hendersonville, IS included in the Governor’s Plan because we have a state-operated health department. As mayor, I have to follow the governor’s plan.

When Governor Lee announced Phase One of his plan he stated, “Tennessee restaurants are able to reopen Monday (April 27) at 50 percent occupancy. Additionally, Tennessee retailers are able to reopen on Wednesday (April 29) at 50 percent occupancy. He included several restrictions on these businesses. I have listed those restrictions below.

The governor’s office will be providing guidance this week regarding churches, gyms, and medical procedures. Close contact services including salons and barber shops will not re-open until Phase Two. The governor will address those businesses later this week, and I will distribute the information as soon as I receive it.

Thank you for your patience, Mayor Jamie Clary


Protecting restaurant employees:

•Wear face coverings and gloves

•Report any symptoms of illness to supervisor

•Follow daily sanitation protocols


Protecting restaurant customers:

•Limit occupancy to 50% of seating capacity

•Space tables 6 feet apart

•Limit seating to 6 per table

•Use social distancing standards in waiting areas

•Keep bar areas closed

•No live music

•Screen customers with basic questions about COVID-19 symptoms


Protecting restaurant business operations:

•Sanitize all front-of-house contact surfaces every two hours

•Use disposable menus or sanitize menus between each use

•Use rolled silverware/napkins stored in sealed bins

•Sanitize chairs and all tabletop items after each table turn

•Do not offer self-serve buffets, shared condiments, or beverage station re-use

•Provide ServSafeCOVID-19 training for all food handlers


Protecting retail employees:

•Wear dedicated cloth face coverings, gloves, and other personal protection items as recommended by the CDC

•Report any symptoms of illness to supervisor

•Provide training on personal protective equipment based on CDC guidelines

•Sanitize hands with soap and/or hand sanitizer

•Stagger shifts, breaks, and meals to maintain social distancing


Protecting retail customers:

•Limit customer occupancy to 50% of store capacity

•Customers should wear face coverings inside stores

•Consider shopping hours for the elderly, medically vulnerable, and health care workers

•Establish one-way aisles and traffic patterns for social distancing

•Increase curbside, pickup, and delivery service options

•Prompt customers regarding the importance of social distancing


Protecting retail business operations:

•Establish enhanced cleaning protocols that follow CDC guidelines

•Designate separate entrances and exits

•Use plastic shields or barriers at checkout between the customer and clerk

•Adjust store hours to allow time for enhanced cleaning

•Prohibit the use of reusable bags

•Suspend “self-service” food stations and dining areas

•Suspend the sampling of food and personal hygiene products

•Management-level employees should monitor compliance

•Add social distancing “reminder” signage and announcements



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