Today, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke issued an executive order closing all non-essential businesses in the city as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 4. It follows the mayor’s executive order issued in March that closed only non-essential businesses that could not comply with social distancing requirements to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
While UTC is not a business, the unique and complex nature of University operations—which include housing and providing food for students living on campus—involve mechanical, information technology and communications infrastructures that require support and maintenance for their continued function. Computer servers maintain data and networks UTC must rely on extensively for online instruction and working remotely.
Because of the University’s previous, proactive approach toward social distancing, the executive order from Mayor Berke announced today does not impose substantial additional obligation on UTC to modify current operations. University leadership will, however, review all current procedures to determine if additional measures are needed while efforts continue to increase social distancing and other appropriate measures to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
An executive order also issued today by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee requires Tennesseans to stay home unless they are engaged in essential activities.
Beginning Saturday, April 4, Mocs dining will serve meals out of the POD at West Campus Housing. Food service will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Mocs Express Shuttle Service will be suspended based on low ridership. Students still can ride the city’s CARTA service for free, using their Mocs card.
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