COVID-19 Shutdown Visits Bellevue

Mar 16, 2020 | Featured, News

Economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic hit Nashville with a vengeance over the weekend as Mayor John Cooper called on the Metro Board of Health to declare a public health emergency. Cooper also called on all local bars to close indefinitely and for restaurants to reduce capacity by 50 percent.


This directive applies to establishments in Bellevue. While it is unclear as to what penalties would be imposed on those who violate the new restrictions, states and municipalities have drastically reduced public gatherings and practically every major event has been postponed or canceled.


In Tennessee, Governor Bill Lee has called for all schools to be closed through March in an effort to prevent the spread of the disease that has killed 6,500 people worldwide.


Locally, the Bellevue Harpeth Chamber of Commerce has postponed social and networking events through at least April 7. In a statement, Chamber President Steve Blume and CEO Amy Napoli said that no decision has been made regarding the status of the Third Annual Mudbug Madness Crawfish Boil on April 18, or the Bellevue Community Picnic on May 16.


In the United States there are at least 4,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 70 deaths. There are 52 confirmed cases in Tennessee including 25 reported in Davidson County and 18 in Williamson County. While the threat of exposure and serious illness, according to the CDC, remains low, the numbers are expected to rise in the coming days and weeks as the virus spreads and testing becomes more widely available.


Clinical trials on a potential vaccine began on Monday but widespread access to effective inoculations is months away at the earliest. Until then, the best defense against COVID-19 remains thorough washing of hands and covering coughs and sneezes. Social distancing and avoiding public places are more stringent measures that are encouraged now but will be relaxed as the threat fades.


Additional information on COVID-19 is available online from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Local updates are available on Metro Nashville’s dedicated Coronavirus information page.


Image courtesy of Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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