Mayor Berke ends dine-in service, closes gyms in Chattanooga amid coronavirus, seeks local funds for impacted businesses

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke / Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter

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Chattanooga's mayor wants to end dining in restaurants, drinking in bars and going to the gym to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the city, but doesn't want to permanently impact businesses in the process.

Mayor Andy Berke signed an executive order Thursday morning mandating that all restaurants and bars in the city end dine-in services to protect against the spread of the virus.

Berke also ordered that all gyms in the city close effective Thursday to promote social distancing.

"My thoughts are with the many bartenders, servers, cooks, janitors, and other hourly wage workers who rely on these jobs to make ends meet. These are among the hardest working people in our city and also most impacted by everything that's going on," Berke tweeted Thursday morning.