Mayor Berke orders certain Chattanooga businesses close to prevent spread of COVID-19

Buildings inside a proposed Business Improvement District are seen on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Chattanooga, Tenn. The proposed district would encompass downtown Chattanooga from the Riverfront to 11th Street and from U.S. Highway 27 to different areas bordered by Cherry Street, Lindsay Street and Georgia Avenue.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke announced late Monday that additional "non-essential" businesses in the city must temporarily close to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus.

In his fourth executive order addressing the outbreak, effective 12 a.m. Wednesday, Berke has mandated that the following businesses within city limits close:

- Indoor areas of shopping malls and all retail stores.

- Salons, beauty shops, and barbershops.

- Massage parlors, spas, tanning salons, and tattoo parlors.

"We're facing unprecedented times which call for restrictions that neither I nor anybody else wants to see, however, that's what needs to happen to keep people safe," Berke told the Times Free Press, citing similar actions by other urban Tennessee cities in the last three days. "We tried to approach it with clarity and making sure everyone knew what was non essential.