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Rutherford County making preparations to reopen next week

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —The Rutherford County Mayors' Caucus met this week to discus their plans to reopen the county followingGov. Bill Lee's announcement this week that he would not extend the safer-at-home order.

The county will follow the governor's guidance on opening their economy and getting back to work.Lee announced Thursdayrestaurants in most of the state could open Monday, April 27, allowing only 50 percent occupancy. Retail stores can open at 50 percent occupancy on Wednesday, April 29.

The RCMC said it's planning to modify Lee's orders to get businesses back to work in a safe and effective matter.

“It is imperative that our citizens and the employers realize that this is not ‘business as usual’ and will not be for quite some time.," Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron said. "At this juncture in our recovery, it is critical that citizens take personal responsibility and our businesses take measures to protect their employees and the customers they serve.”

Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland agreed that things would not be back the same for a while, but that the county's leadership is committed to easing restrictions.

“Some restrictions will still remain appropriate," McFarland said. "Even with opening nonessential businesses, when it does occur, everyone should continue to practice social distancing, wear masks when necessary, and follow good hygiene to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.”

The other mayors across the county echoed the sentiments of McFarland and Ketron, with Smyrna Mayor Mary Reed adding, "Rutherford County is a resilient and vibrant community; we will emerge from this stronger than ever. Maintain your space. Cover your face. To help us remain #RutherfordCountyStrong.”

Residents of the county with non-health questions or concerns COVID-19 are urged to fill out the online form available athttp://rutherfor

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