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The City of Lakesite on Thursday issued a joint Civil Emergency Proclamation and Executive Order in response to the coronavirus outbreak that follows Tennessee Governor Bill Lee's Executive Order 17, according to a news release.
The order prohibits social gatherings of 10 or more people and causes area gyms and fitness/exercise centers to temporarily close. Those establishments will suspend in-person activities until further notice but are encouraged to use digital programming.
Restaurants are also allowed to only offer drive-through, take out or delivery options. Alcohol may be sold by take out or delivery in closed containers and with the purchase of food for those age 21 and up, the release states.
The order also limits visits to nursing homes, retirement homes and long-term care or assisted-living facilities to only those involving essential care.
The proclamation will remain in effect until further notice, according to the release.
Similar orders have been initiated in Hamilton County, Chattanooga and East Ridge in the last week. On Sunday, Lee issued the order banning groups of 10 or more people and prohibiting on-site consumption of food or drinks at restaurants, bars or similar establishments.
Several Chattanooga area restaurants are offering beer to go, but craft breweries are waiting for delivery approval.
On Monday, Mayor Andy Berke announced "non-essential" businesses in the city must temporarily close to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus.
For more information, visit www.lakesitetn.gov or call 423-842-2533.