NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- Health officials report 46 new cases of COVID-19 in Nashville on Sunday, and Mayor John Cooper is tightening restrictions on city residents.
The Metro Department of Health reported a total of 179 cornavirus infections across Metro. Two individuals remain hospitalize due to virus complications. Those infected range in age from 11 to 73 years. Just three are children and 12 are senior citizens. The vast majority of cases are Nashvillians between the ages of 18 and 49.
On Sunday, Mayor Cooper announced new restrictions citywide for 14 days beginning Monday morning. The mayor has ordered all Metro residents to "stay inside their homes unless they are engaged in certain “essential activities.”
The order prohibits citizens from going to work. It also closes nursing homes, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities to visitors. Nashvillians can continue to venture out to buy groceries, fill prescriptions, make medical appointments, pick up take out food, excercise outdoors (walk, bike, jog), walk pets, or delivery necessary supplies to those in need of assistance.
Essential businesses and agencies will remain open. See the list included below. You can view the mayor's full order here.
The following essential activities will remain open:
- Federal and state offices and services, including post offices and airports
- Essential Nashville government functions including law enforcement, transportation, and businesses that provide government programs and services
- Food and beverage: grocery and beverage stores, farmers markets, food banks, catering, convenience stores selling food, agriculture, food processing, feed mills, and other businesses that directly support the food supply
- Health care, mental and behavioral health, and biomedical research and businesses that directly support the healthcare industry including health information technology, staffing and supplies
- Sanitation and waste removal businesses and services
- Energy, water, and sewage businesses and services
- Pharmacies and medical supply businesses, and other businesses that directly support the drug and medical supply pipeline
- Vehicle fuel, support, service stations and businesses
- Banks, savings and loans, insurance companies, accounting businesses, and other business that directly support the insurance and financial services sector
- Legal and judicial services
- Laundromats/laundry/cleaning services
- Home and business repair, hardware supply
- Warehousing and storage
- Construction and facilities design businesses
- Product logistics, transport, and distribution businesses
- Parcel transportation and delivery businesses
- Veterinary and pet supply business and services including agricultural services and the caring and feeding of all livestock and farm animals
- Home and business cleaning and maintenance services
- All businesses which rely upon deliveries may continue, including florists
- Internet and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services)
- Certain other business and services the Office of the Mayor determines are essential for the continued safety and security of Davidson County.
- Daycare and childcare business will remain open, but will prioritize children of parents working in essential services.
- Hotels and commercial lodges will remain open, but must end entertainment or dining services in restaurants or group settings. Pick-up and room-service food services may continue.
- Essential services listed above may continue as long as appropriate distancing is physically possible and encouraged. These businesses will adhere to CDC guidance on social distancing and hand hygiene in the workplace, including encouraging work-from-home and allowing employees when possible to work on-site in shifts to optimize social distancing in the workplace.
- All essential services, especially grocery stores and pharmacies, will make best efforts to establish hours when only available to senior citizens or otherwise vulnerable populations.