Murfreesboro issues "Safer At Home" Guidance, renews State of Emergency

Posted at 5:17 PM, Mar 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-28 19:08:39-04

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF) — Mayor Shane McFarland renewed and expanded Murfreesboro's State of Emergency order today, including a "Safter At Home" guidance.

A response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the order goes into effect tonight at 6 p.m. through April 4 at 6 p.m. The mayor said this could be extended.

McFarland first declared a state of emergency last Saturday, closing dine-in options at restaurants, as well as gyms.

The revised order strongly encourages all residents to remain at home except "as is necessary to maintain their health and economic well-being." The city urges everyone to follow the CDC's guidelines for social-distancing.

The new order requires cigar bars and hookah lounges to close and prohibits gatherings of 10 or more people, including sporting events, at public parks.

Rutherford County has 46 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to the Tennessee Department of Health's Saturday update.