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City of Mt. Juliet declares state of emergency in response to COVID-19

Posted: 10:46 PM, Mar 23, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-23 23:46:30-04
Mt. Juliet City Hall

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WTVF) — In an emergency meeting, the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to approve an executive order to declare a state of emergency and a civil emergency for the city of Mt. Juliet.

The resolution can be viewed here.

The purpose of the local declaration of emergency does the following:

  • Authorizes the City Manager to move forward with certain emergency management functions and authorizes the City Manager to request and respond to requests of aid from other jurisdictions when necessary.
  • Suspends various procedures and formalities otherwise required under local and state laws as it pertains to taking necessary action to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the community.
  • Authorizes the City Manager to enter into contracts and incur obligations, as needed, to employ permanent and temporary employees as warranted, and otherwise appropriate and expend public funds as deemed necessary.
  • Adopts Governor Lee's Executive Order No. 17 signed on March 22, 2020 and all further Executive Orders concerning COVID-19.

Governor Lee's Executive Order No. 17 does the following:

  • Prohibits social gatherings of 10 or more individuals
  • All dine-in restaurant offerings are prohibited, however, drive-thru, take-out and delivery options remain in place, and this includes food and alcohol
  • All gyms and exercise facilities are hereby temporarily closed. If you are questioning whether your facility qualifies as a gym or exercise facility, operate on the assumption that it does
  • All visits to nursing homes and assisted living facilities are prohibited, and regional health facilities are closed to visitors, as announced late last week

The Board of Commissioners also announced a new webpage, www.safemtjuliet.com , to help information and resources about COVID-19 to the Mt. Juliet community.

On SafeMtJuliet.com, residents can find the following resources:

  • City & State COVID-19 Restrictions
  • Senior Citizen Call Check Requests, where the police department will call and check on participants each day
  • A list of restaurants that are open who provide takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery
  • A Restriction Violation Reporting Form, where citizens can submit possible violations to and restrictions or precautions
  • Information on local COVID-19 testing sites
  • COVID-19 information from health officials