City joins nation, state, county  in declaring state of emergency

Fairview city leaders discuss city issues in a workshop March 17, 2020.

Fairview Mayor John Blade announced Monday afternoon the City of Fairview was joining the nation, state and county in declaring a state of emergency as a result of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

The action will allow city leaders to take necessary steps to ensure the safety and welfare of the citizens until the situation improves.

Blade said it has been the city’s goal to remain ready and willing to assist Williamson County and Middle Tennessee. Continuing in that support, Blade stated, “With this declaration, I am strongly urging all citizens and businesses to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines in order to limit exposure and blunt the spread of this virus.”

Blade advised all resident of the city to adhere to Governor Lee’s Executive Order 17 put into effect Sunday. The order restricts people from social gatherings of ten or more people statewide. It also halted dine-in eating at restaurants across the state along with visiting gyms, fitness centers, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Gov. Lee also advised all individuals and businesses to take particular care to protect the wellbeing of those vulnerable to COVID-19 in our community including older adults and persons living with a compromised immune system or serious chronic medical condition.

Blade noted, “Our priority is to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of our community.” He added, “We will work together to get through this.”

Fairview Police Chief Zack Humphreys also addressed the police department’s current situation.

Humphreys said the department is asking for advance notice from anyone needing their assistance who has recently experienced an illness or symptoms of an illness so officers can take some measures to limit exposure.

“We desire to be here for you when you need us. Our department has a finite amount of personnel so keeping them healthy is imperative to ensure we can maintain peace and serve this wonderful community,” advised Humphreys.

He also noted his department has almost exhausted their protective and disinfecting supplies, and with the depleted supply chain, it has left our officers on the front line with limited protection further emphasizing the need for advance notice.

“During this time of uncertainty, we want you to know that we (the police department) are still here committed to serving this community,” stated Humphreys.

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