Local mayors release a joint statement

Published 3:41 pm Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Tuesday afternoon, local mayors released a joint statement in regards to the reopening of the local economy.
The statement read as follows:
Citizens of Bristol, Elizabethton, Johnson City, Kingsport and all of Carter, Sullivan, and Washington counties:
As our cities and counties move forward with reopening plans and procedures, local leaders remind citizens that we are not returning to “normal.”
Our new normal will look different, with health precautions remaining a necessary part of everyday life. It is more important than ever to continue safe practices to avoid a spike in COVID-19 cases.
These best practices  as outlined by the CDC and local health departments  have helped to keep the number of positive cases low in our region.
While facilities resume operations, it is imperative that everyone:
  • Keep adequate social distance  maintain at least 6 feet between yourself and others when out in public.
  • Limit gatherings  per Gov. Bill Lee, gatherings must be limited to 10 or less people.
  • Wash hands  wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Wash your hands before eating or preparing food, after using the restroom, after coughing or sneezing, and after going anywhere in public.
  • Avoid touching your face — avoid touching any part of your face, especially eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wear a cloth mask  masks not only lower the risk of you breathing in airborne viruses but greatly reduce you spreading a virus, even if you don’t feel ill. We now know that some of those positive for coronavirus are asymptomatic. Please use cloth masks and reserve PPE for medical and frontline personnel.
  • Disinfect surfaces  take time to disinfect all spaces, from work to vehicle to home.
  • Stay home — if you’re feeling sick or fall into a higher risk category (older citizens, immuno-compromised, etc.), continue to stay home.
  • Avoid nonessential travel  at this time, it’s still best to avoid traveling outside the Tri-Cities area.
    Area government leaders and health officials recognize the importance of reopening our area but doing so safely is crucial to its success. The path forward is a cautious one, as the safety and health of our communities remain the top priority.
    Margaret Feierabend, Mayor – Bristol, TN, Curt Alexander, Mayor – Elizabethton, Jenny Brock, Mayor – Johnson City, Pat Shull, Mayor – Kingsport, Rusty Barnett, Mayor – Carter County, Richard Venable, Mayor – Sullivan County, Joe Grandy, Mayor – Washington County.

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