Manchester City Mayor Lonnie Norman issued a public update to the initial response that the city shared March 10, keeping many of the same measures in place.
“In an effort to protect all members of our community and the employees of the City of Manchester we will continue to operate on the same procedures we implemented…with minimal disruptions to city services,” Norman wrote.
He stressed that there will be no water cut-offs during this period, and that the city is reassessing the situation weekly.
The announcement mentioned Gov. Bill Lee's Executive Order that called for businesses to implement alternative models March 23-April 6, that effective closed gyms and dine-in seating in restaurants.
Norman added that the local church alliance and the Manchester/Coffee County Senior Citizen organizations will be working to address the needs of the elderly in the community. Referrals of those needing assistance can be made by calling 723-8288.
The city is working with Motlow State Community College on a collaborative initiative to support local businesses. Norman asked local businesses to fill out a resources survey available at http://www.cityofmanchestertn.com.
The response closed with a call for all citizens to take precautions against the spread of the virus.