COVID-19

COVID-19 Brings Closures, Cancellations to Giles County

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As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, there were zero confirmed cases of COVID-19, coronavirus, reported in Giles County according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

Still, local government officials, businesses, organizations and individuals are following the lead of state and federal officials and President Donald Trump who have asked people to avoid congregating in large groups to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Some local closings and cancellations include:

Schools

Giles County Schools are closed until April 6, with one week already scheduled for spring break.

No Cost Meals

Four Giles County schools started offering no cost, drive-thru breakfasts and lunches this week and will continue to offer the meals March 18-20 and March 30-April 3. All children must be present to pick up the food. On-site feeding will not be available, however, sack breakfasts and lunches will be offered for pick up.

Drive-thru breakfasts and lunches will be offered to ANY child 18 or younger on the dates above between the hours of 10-10:30 a.m. for breakfast and 10:30 a.m.-noon for lunch.

The pickup areas are:

• Elkton Elementary, 176 College St.— Side door at the front of the school at the cafeteria.

• Minor Hill School, 12099 Minor Hill Highway ­— Outside the cafeteria door at the front of the school.

• Pulaski Elementary, 606 S. Cedar Lane — Pre-K drop-off area.

• Richland Elementary, 10333 Columbia Highway, Lynnville — Bus drop-off back door.

During spring break (March 23-27) meals will be offered in Lawrence County at no cost. Check with the Lawrence County Schools website for locations and times.

Children may go to any feeding site for meals and do NOT have to be enrolled in Giles County Schools in order to eat.

Families without access to a vehicle may walk up to the distribution area to pick up meals, but are asked to be mindful of social distancing during this time.

Local Business

Local small businesses are adapting to the constant changes in a balancing act between serving their customers and protecting their employees, Historic Downtown Pulaski Director Olivia Officer said.

“All small businesses are assessing day-by-day to determine what’s the right thing to do,” Officer said. “Many of our small businesses are taking steps to disinfect and offer curbside service and delivery service.”

Officer suggested small businesses take this time to think outside the box on how they can reach out to customers who may be staying home rather than go out shopping.

“If you are typically brick and mortar, maybe have a Facebook live sale,” she suggested.

Officer stressed the importance of finding ways to support service industry businesses and employees.

“These are people who support us when there’s a benefit, we need to make sure we’re supporting them now,” she said. “A lot of things are stopping, but birthdays aren’t stopping, anniversaries aren’t stopping. Maybe get a gift card for someone to use at a later date.”

Officer also stressed the importance of tipping for service industry employees.

“Tip extra,” she said. “That is what is really important for them.

“We’ve all been given some time right now,” Officer continued. “Be intentional with that. Reach out and help each other. Take care of your elderly neighbors. We are all going to get through this together.”

Rost Jewelers will close through March 31; employees will be in the store to field phone calls, take orders and answer questions Wednesday-Friday from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. As of this time, the store will re-open Wednesday, April 1.

MMC

Martin Methodist College has extended its spring break and will move classes to an online format starting Monday, March 23.

“Again, at this point, the college is open, and we do not have plans to close the campus. Staff and faculty will continue to have access to their offices and labs,” an announcement at martinmethodist.edu states. “Services and amenities on campus will be adjusted, and the college will practice recommended social distancing and mitigation efforts.”

STRHS

STRHS Pulaski has implemented new visitor restrictions. See the accompanying article.

MRMC

Maury Regional Medical Center has also released information concerning measures taken due to COVID-19. See the accompanying article.

Library

The Giles County Public Library is closed until April 2; all programming is canceled through Easter, April 12.

STAAR

STAAR Theatre has postponed all of its upcoming events to later dates to be determined. Anyone who has purchased tickets for “M*A*S*H” or Johnathan Len’s “Jukebox Memories” will be refunded completely. Contact STAAR at 363-7222 for more information.

Courts

All courts in the 22nd Judicial Districts have suspended in-person court proceedings through March 31 with a few exceptions, including court appearances or appearances in the clerk’s office for the purpose of applying for orders of protection, emergency child custody orders, emergency matters relating to child protections, applications of temporary injunctive relief, emergency mental health orders, emergency protective orders relative to elderly or vulnerable individuals and proceedings directly relating to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

No other closings or cancellations related to COVID-19 have been reported to the PULASKI CITIZEN. To submit closing or cancellation information, email support@pulaskicitizen.com.

The PULASKI CITIZEN will announce additional closings and cancellations each week in the newspaper and as they are received on PulaskiCitizen.com and our Facebook page.

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