Mayor Berke closing more businesses in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke has taken action on Monday to close more businesses in the face of the Coronovirus.

The order closes indoor areas of shopping malls and retail stores.  The exception is grocery stores.

The order also closes hair & nail salons, beauty shops, barbershops, massage parlors, spas, tanning salons and tattoo parlors.

Mayor Berke also asks that all public gatherings of ANY SIZE be suspended, including worship services, funerals, festivals, fairs and public performances.

City parks remain open, but the playgrounds, sports courts & fields and Chattanooga Skate Park are closed.

The new order goes into affect on Wednesday.

“Most importantly, I want you to stay home. This means no dinner parties or movie nights. It means no playdates for your kids and their friends. It means no in-person interactions of any size, for any reason. If you need groceries or medical attention, or if your job absolutely requires you to be at work, please take care of that. Otherwise, stay put. You’re safer at home.”

“I know this is a frustrating and strange time for all of us. Chattanooga prides itself on its sociability and love of community. This is really tough, but knowing how quickly this vicious disease can spread — even by individuals who show no symptoms — we have to ask for your patience and sacrifice at this time. Other cities who have failed to do this have seen their emergency rooms and intensive care units completely overwhelmed for weeks on end, and we desperately want to avoid that here.”

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