COVID-19 is continuing to rapidly spread throughout our community and the City is taking additional steps to reduce person-to-person contact in order to protect Chattanooga residents and City employees. Therefore, the City of Chattanooga will be suspending public access to City Hall, City Annex, and the city services at the Development Resource Center (DRC) beginning Monday, July 27, 2020.
At this time, there are no plans to suspend public access to outdoor City facilities such as baseball/softball fields and parks. However, please note that playgrounds, basketball courts, and the Splash Pad at Coolidge Park will remain closed.
Moving forward, Mayor Andy Berke and the City’s Operations staff will evaluate a set of discrete metrics, including new positive COVID cases per 100,000 residents and the seven-day average of active cases, to make determinations as to if, when, and how public access may resume. Currently, the City is seeing more approximately 30 new positive cases per 100,000 residents and a steady upward trend in new cases.
With the exception of cases within City Court and the Wood Recycling Center positive COVID cases among City employees have been deemed to pose no risk to the public by the Hamilton County Health Department’s epidemiologists.
City Departments will continue to provide all services, including police, fire, and solid waste removal, but an unforeseen outbreak or additional positivity among city employees could cause a disruption in service.
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 Libraries
- Curbside book pickup and drop off is available at all branches, except Avondale.
- Eastgate Senior Center
- As of Monday, July 27, public access has been suspended at several city facilities, including City Hall, City Hall Annex, and city services at the Development Resource Center.