Montgomery County Government Makes Changes Due to Concerns Regarding COVID-19
March 13, 2020 - Mayor's Office
Montgomery County, TN — Some Montgomery County Government Services have been altered in order to
spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The changes are due to an order from the Tennessee
regarding court proceedings as well as the county’s decision to minimize the number of
suspension of county facility rentals, and adjustments to employee practices for greater
Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett has closed the court complex to the public on March 16. 2020. “I
Monday’s closure will cause an inconvenience for some, but it will allow us to work with
county government and our judicial partners to identify efficient ways to meet the requirements
we move forward, it is our intent to allow for more matters to come before our judicial partners
major backlog,” stated Mayor Durrett.
The Supreme Court of Tennessee’s decision to suspend all in-person proceedings in all state and local
Tennessee, including but not limited to municipal, juvenile, general sessions, trial, and
which are suspended from the close of business Friday, March 13, 2020 through Tuesday, March 31,
Judge Jill Ayers stated, “We are working to avoid the typically packed courtrooms. We want the public
understand that courts will still be open. Everything and anything we can continue to do, within
of what the Tennessee Supreme Court has sent out, we will do.”
Exceptions include proceedings necessary to protect constitutional rights of criminal defendants;
criminal jury trials that are in progress as of March 13; proceedings related to relief from
but not limited to orders of protection; proceedings related to emergency child custody orders;
Children’s Services emergency related to child protection; proceedings related to petitions for
injunctive relief; proceedings related to emergency mental health orders; proceedings related to
protection of elderly or vulnerable persons; proceedings directly related to the COVID-19 public
emergency and exceptions as approved by the Chief Justice.
“This is new and it is fluid. We will continue to assess how we can provide services, possibly in a
way, to meet the needs of the public and the court. Any updates on how services are provided
will be shared
local media and on social media,” said Judge Ayers.
Furthermore, Montgomery County is suspending future rentals of all facilities where people gather
15, 2020. The County will honor deposits for rentals or confirmation for rentals that have been
Montgomery County Parks and Recreation. However, it has been recommended by health officials
the spread of COVID-19, gatherings of people should be limited. Based on that information,
highly encourages canceling already scheduled events in the parks. Full refunds will be provided
Little League International has recommended that all leagues temporarily suspend activity until April
Montgomery County strongly advises that leagues follow the recommendation and encourages contact
County Parks and Recreation.
Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett stated, “Effects from the coronavirus are having an impact on the
There is no reason to panic, however, it is important that we all do our part to prevent the
spread of the
virus. A critical point in the prevention of spreading the virus is to ‘flatten the curve,’ to
avoid a peak
the number of people who contract the virus. We are taking steps to minimize gatherings of large
continue to do our part to educate ourselves on doing our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
everyone to educate themselves on the guidelines set by the CDC at cdc.gov.
In all county departments, employees shall observe rigorous contamination control standards while at
includes the use of appropriate cleaners in the workstation, frequent hand washing, use of hand
avoiding physical contact with co-workers and customers, and social distancing -- maintaining a
of space away from co-workers and customers.
Workplace meetings and employee travel have been minimized. Employees who are ill with a recent onset
respiratory symptoms and cough, regardless of whether a fever is present, have been asked to
evaluation and avoid contact with others.
“We are also asking the public to do their part by staying away from public buildings if they are
a common-sense approach to staying at home if you are ill, will help us lessen the impacts of
Montgomery County. We appreciate citizens working to help us,” said Mayor Durrett.
The Tennessee Department of Health updates all positive cases of coronavirus disease by county
at 2 p.m.
daily. Also, the CDC provides the following information for best practices to avoid COVID-19 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/workplace-school-and-home-guidance.pdf.