Tennessee’s number of statewide confirmed cases of the coronavirus COVID-19 rose to 52 on Monday, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. Twenty-five of the cases are in Davidson County and 18 cases are in Williamson County. There are no confirmed cases in Sumner County.
Also on Monday, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and Speaker Cameron Sexton issued a joint statement saying that all remaining legislative business at the state capitol would be limited to passing a balanced budget.
"This is a serious time for our state and country, and we all must make adjustments in response to this threat,” read the statement. “Our approach will take into account the unique public health challenges this complex virus presents, as well as the economic disruption likely to occur as a result of its spread. Passing an amended budget now and recessing will allow the General Assembly to focus on an immediate plan of action, while still determining needs down the road.”
It was also announced that Sumner County Schools, which is currently on Spring Break, will remain closed until April 1. On Monday, Gov. Bill Lee urged the state’s public schools to close by Friday and remain closed at least until March 31.
Lee signed an emergency declaration on Thursday, March 12 allowing the state to bring in more federal funding to respond to the outbreak. President Donald Trump declared COVID-19 a national emergency on Friday, March 13.
In an effort to promote social distancing and help slow the spread of the coronavirus, most large gatherings and events have been cancelled over the next few weeks, including several local church worship services.
Here are some closures and cancellations affecting Hendersonville residents:
- The Tennessee Supreme Court has said that state, county and municipal courts will remain open, but is limiting in-person court proceedings until March 31. Those scheduled for general sessions court will need to check their cases online at www.sumnercourts.com or call the court clerk’s office at (615) 452-4367. Those scheduled for Hendersonville traffic court are encouraged to call 615-264-5354 to schedule a new date.
- Beginning March 17, the Hendersonville Public Library will be closed to the public. All library programs have been cancelled through the end of the month. The lobby will be open for you to come in to pick up items that you have requested. If you need assistance with your account please call us 615-824-0656. No fines will be charged during this time. Patrons are encouraged to use the electronic resources like READs and TEL.
- The Hendersonville Chick-Fil-A announced Monday it will serve customers though its drive-thru only. The restaurant is closed to customers.
- The NCG movie theater in Gallatin has suspended its operations effective 3 p.m. on Monday, March 16. The suspension is effective across all 24 NCG operations.
- The Hendersonville Fire Department has suspended its public education events until further notice. The department will re-evaluate the decision in April.
- The Hendersonville Performing Arts Company has postponed its production of the Hobbit, originally scheduled to run March 20-April 5. The new performance dates are April 24 through May 3.
- All Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency shooting ranges are closed until further notice.
- All Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency hunter education and boating classes are cancelled until further notice.
- The fifth annual Middle Tennessee Baby & Beyond Expo presented by the Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce on March 28 has been postponed. The event will be rescheduled for a later date.
- The Mary’s Magical Place and Kids Kingdom playgrounds are closed for cleaning and maintenance through March 27.
- Meeting spaces at park’s department concessions buildings will be closed until March 27.
- The tennis courts at Memorial Park tennis courts (with the exception of high school matches) will also be closed to the public through March 22.
- The Hendersonville Senior Citizens Center has suspended its operations until at least April 1. The move includes all evening and weekend activities.
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