City Hall Closes to the Public, Park Remain Open

City Hall Closes to the Public, Parks Remain Open
Posted on 04/03/2020
City Hall Closes to the Public, ParksCity of Columbia Closes City Hall to the Public, Parks are Open
Governor Bill Lee Issues Executive Order No. 23 

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order No. 23 requiring that Tennesseans stay home unless they are carrying out essential activities as data shows an increase in citizen movement across the state. The executive order remains in effect until April 14, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. In support of the Governor’s executive order, effective at noon today April 3 through April 14, 2020, Columbia City Hall will be closed to the public, however, essential staff will continue to work a staggered schedule. For questions and business transactions, please reach out to the following departments: Development Services: (931) 560-1560, City Recorder: (931) 560-1520, Personnel: (931) 560-1570 and City Manager: (931) 560-1510. 

City parks including Woodland Park, Fairview Park and Riverwalk Park will remain open. All City of Columbia recreation facilities will remain closed. This includes the Armory Recreation and Fitness Center, Fairview Recreation Center, and Macedonia Recreation Center, as well as all pavilions and recreational activities including Muletown Bark Park.  All programs, events, and activities organized by the Parks and Recreation Department will remain cancelled or postponed. All organized sports including events at Ridley Sports Complex and Cook Soccer Park will remain cancelled or postponed. 

In light of the of the continuing state of emergency to facilitate the response of COVID-19 and to keep the citizens of the State of Tennessee safe and healthy, all Tennesseans are required to stay home unless engaging in essential actives, which include: 

1. Engaging in activities essential to a person's health and safety or the health and safety of family or household members, persons who are unable or should not leave their home, or pets, including, but not limited to, seeking emergency services, obtaining medical supplies or assistance, obtaining medication, obtaining non-elective medical care or treatment or other similar vital services, or visiting a health care professional. 

2. Obtaining necessary services or supplies for persons and their family or household members, persons who are unable or should not leave their home, or pets or delivering those services or supplies to others, including, but not limited to, groceries and food, household consumer products, supplies required to work from home, automobile supplies (including dealers, parts, supplies, repair, and maintenance), and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences;

3. Providing, facilitating, or receiving delivery or curbside carry-out delivery of online or telephone orders from businesses or organizations that do not perform or are not necessary for the performance of Essential Activity;

4. Engaging in outdoor activity, provided that persons the Health Guidelines to the greatest extent practicable, including, but not limited to, driving or riding in a vehicle, walking, hiking, running, biking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, golf, tennis, or other sports or recreational activities that can be performed while maintaining the aforementioned precautions or utilizing public parks and outdoor recreation areas; provided, however, that congregating or playing on playgrounds presents a unique risk for the spread of COVID-19 and is therefore not covered as an Essential Activity

5. Caring for or visiting a family member, friend, or pet in another household, or transporting or traveling with family members, friends, or pets as allowed by
this Order; provided, that the Health Guidelines are followed to the greatest extent practicable;

6. Visiting a place of worship or attending a wedding or funeral; provided, that the Health Guidelines are followed to the greatest extent practicable. However, it is strongly encouraged that the public celebration component of weddings and funerals be postponed or attended only by close family members; or

7. Engaging in Essential Travel, as defined below.

a. Travel related to Essential Activity or otherwise permitted by this Order;
b. Travel related to performing Essential Services;
c. Travel to care for the elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons;
d. Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services.
e. Travel to and from outside of the State of Tennessee; or
f. Travel required by law, law enforcement, or court order, including to transport children pursuant to a custody agreement.

For further information regarding Executive Order No. 23 and the addendum, which is a complete list of essential activities, CLICK HERE