Metro adds to list of nonessential businesses, limits number of people in grocery stores

Posted at 4:21 PM, Apr 01, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — In a continued effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, city health officials have revised the "Safer at Home" order for Nashville and Davidson County residents.

The changes include additions to the list of of non-essential businesses, local government operations, and further guidance to essential businesses.


  • Grocery stores and other retail establishments are additionally ordered to limit customer occupancy to no more than the number of people who can engage in social-distancing protocols at one time.
  • Closure of Metro Parks Playgrounds, Dog Parks, Basketball Courts, Tennis Courts, Picnic Shelters and Skate Parks.
  • Closure of car washes, with the exception of fully automated car washes.
  • Specifies that moving and relocation services are essential businesses and may continue to operate.
  • Construction, architectural, engineering, or surveying services are given the additional order that construction sites shall have no more than two people in an elevator at any time and must have sanitation stations available on every floor where work is under way. Social distancing must be observed to the maximum extent possible
  • The definition of essential nonprofit entities has been broadened to include those providing charitable and social services for individuals who are economically disadvantaged or otherwise in need of assistance, including but not limited to entities providing support and assistance to victims of the tornado that struck Nashville on March 3, 2020, and the COVID-19 epidemic.

Funeral services establishments are given the following conditions for operation:

They shall continue to use universal precautions under industry standards for handling human remains. All objects touched by staff or visitors shall be regularly sanitized. All gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors, shall comply with social-distancing requirements and gathering-size limits. Remote video attendance is strongly encouraged. In person viewings of the deceased are allowable. Any part of the casket that has been touched should be sanitized after closure and before being moved.

  • Metro Government will use all available enforcement options to correct violations of this Order, including but not limited to violations of social-distancing requirements or gathering-size limits.

Metro Public Health officials are working with the Metro Police Department to enforce these guidelines. In some instances, businesses and people could be given citations.

READ MORE: Metro Public Health Dept. works to enforce Nashville's 'Safe-at-Home' order

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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV)and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.


The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.