On Friday, March 13, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke declared a state of emergency through Executive Order 2020-01 and established a Communicable Disease Policy for the city, which mandated that several City Facilities suspend public access and activities.
Nothing slows the spread of COVID-19 as effectively as social distancing, as frustrating as it may be. While these decisions are not made easily, and we know how frustrating they will be for many citizens, we have a responsibility to act in the best interests of everyone’s health and safety. The safety and health of the Chattanooga community and its employees are the City’s top priority and we appreciate everyone’s patience during this time.
As the City continues to promote and implement social distancing practices, including requiring essential and non-essential staff to work remotely, we encourage Chattanoogans to do the same by utilizing many of our services online or via the phone. This means submitting payments to the Treasury Department online or over the phone, or making an open records request with the City Attorney, or submitting a 311 request.
Below is a comprehensive list of services available online and closed public facilities.
Online and Phone Services
- As of March 14, 2020, the following City facilities have suspended public access and activities until the state of emergency is lifted.
- All Youth and Family Development Centers
- All branches of the Chattanooga Public Library
- Eastgate Senior Center
- At the request of the Tennessee Supreme Court, the Chattanooga City Court will not hear any cases from March 16 through March 31.
- As of Monday, March 16, 2020, the Chattanooga Police Department’s Police Services Center (3410 Amnicola Hwy) and Precinct (702 E. 11th St.) are closed to the public until further notice.
- As of Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Chattanooga City Council voted to suspend council meetings until further notice.
- As of Friday, March 20, 2020, City-owned playgrounds, basketball courts, baseball fields, soccer fields, the Chattanooga Skate Park, and the hockey rink have suspended access to the public. This is in accordance with CDC guidelines for social distancing and avoiding gatherings of ten or more people.
- As of Tuesday, March 24, the City of Chattanooga’s Office of Family Empowerment (OFE) is suspending public access to their offices.
- As of Monday, March 30, public access has been suspended at several city facilities, including City Hall, City Hall Annex, City Court, and city services at the Development Resource Center.