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Mayor Cooper Issues "Safer In Place" Order. Here's What That Means

In response to the growing COVID-19 outbreak, Nashville Mayor John Cooper has issued a "safer in place" order effective at 12:01am Monday morning. The order shuts down all non-essential businesses for 14 days, meaning the earliest "business as usual" date would be April 6th.

What does that mean for you?

According to the order, the following stipulations are in place:


  • Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store
  • Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
  • Go to medical appointments (check with your doctor or provider first)
  • Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-thru
  • Care for or support a friend or family member
  • Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog and be in nature for exercise — just keep at least six feet between you and others. 
  • Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian if necessary
  • Help someone to get necessary supplies
  • Receive deliveries from any business which delivers


  • Go to work unless you are providing essential services as defined by this Order
  • Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need
  • Maintain less than 6 feet of distance from others when you go out
  • Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility or other residential care facility, except for limited exceptions as provided on the facility websites.

For more details on what is and isn't allowed, you can go to the Mayor's website here.

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