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Safer At Home Directive

The Safer at Home Directive is no longer in place. The City is now following guidance from the Governor's Office regarding re-starting the economy. For more information, see Governor Lee's Tennessee Pledge page.

The following joint statement has been released by Northeast Tennessee cities and counties.
"As our cities and counties move forward with reopening plans and procedures, local leaders remind citizens that we are not returning to "normal." Our new normal will look different, with health precautions remaining a necessary part of everyday life. It is more important than ever to continue safe practices to avoid a spike in COVID-19 cases. These best practices – as outlined by the CDC and local health departments – have helped to keep the number of positive cases low in our region."

To further combat the spread of COVID-19, the City of Elizabethton has issued a Safer at Home Directive — requiring all residents of Elizabethton to stay inside their homes, and immediately limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs.

Read the full Civil Emergency Proclamation and Safer at Home Directive here. In summary, the Safer at Home Directive says:

Residents of Elizabethton are required to stay inside their homes unless they are engaged in certain “essential activities” or “essential travel”. On those occasions when you are out of your home for necessary tasks, stay at least six feet away from others. Businesses defined as essential will be allowed to remain open, but are required to comply with Social Distancing Requirements.

Please reference the below FAQs for all questions regarding the Safer at Home Directive.

What are "Essential Activities"?

What is "Essential Travel"?

What are the businesses that will stay open?

What businesses are required to close?

What about churches or places of worship?

Are non-profit organizations allowed to continue operating?

What about government employees?

What about infrastructure and construction employees?

What if I need to visit a health care provider for an appointment or emergency?

Can I still get deliveries?

Are landlords required to maintain property during this Directive?

I am currently on vacation outside of Elizabethton. Does the Directive allow me to return home?

What happens if I leave Elizabethton to go on a planned vacation?

What do I do about my kids? I have to work.

Can I leave home to exercise?

Can I go out for things other than food/groceries?

Can I walk my dog/pet or go to a vet or pet hospital if my pet is sick?

What if I want to go to work and I'm not sick?

Is there a curfew or do I need a letter or voucher to travel on City streets and highways?

What is the difference between "Safer at Home" and "social distancing"?