As this new pandemic caused by the coronavirus continues to spread, more people are affected by it as each day passes. Those who are working on the front lines and those who are ill are facing virus head on. Others are being affected by work shifts or job loss. And many of us have respectfully cancelled, missed or rescheduled trips, weddings, graduations, and more. No matter who you are, this crisis is affecting us all. How has it affected the Gatlinburg, Tennessee area, and what steps are being taken to care for the sick and prevent further spread of the COVID-19 in Gatlinburg?
Let us first discuss the facts. Coronavirus, which is also known as COVID-19, is a type of virus that causes diseases in a range of severities, from a simple common cold to more serious respiratory problems, like pneumonia. The illness started in China, but it has spread and there have now been confirmed cases in dozens of countries, including the United States.
What Safety Measures Have Been Taken in Tennessee?
On March 30th, 2020, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee amended his previous stay at home order with this update. “Safer at Home. Because staying at home as much as possible for a temporary period of time will protect the health and safety of Tennesseans by limiting the spread of COVID-19 and preserving health care resources, all persons in Tennessee are required to stay at home, except for when engaging in Essential Activity or Essential Services as defined in this Order.”
So, what counts as an essential activity? Several things:
- Engaging in activities essential to a person’s health and safety, or that of members of your household or family. This includes care of pets.
- Obtaining necessary services or supplies for yourself, your family, and your household. These supplies and services include food and groceries, household products and work from home supplies.
- Providing, facilitating or receiving delivery or curbside carryout of online or telephone orders from businesses or organizations that do not perform or are not necessary for the performance of essential activity.
- Engaging in outdoor activity yet maintaining social distance and avoiding congregating in groups.
- Caring for or visiting a family member, friend or pet in another household.
- Visiting a place of worship, attending a wedding or funeral, while adhering to social distancing.
- On March 22nd, 2020, Gov. Lee banned dine-in services at restaurants, but there is a constantly growing list of establishments offering takeout and delivery.
Safety is the Priority
The team here at The Cabin Rental Store understands how difficult this current situation is for our community. We are working along with all governmental directions and doing our part to flatten the curve, and importantly, protect those who are most vulnerable among us. In the meantime, we are always just a phone call or an email away, ready to answer any questions you may have, and once we come out of this crisis, we sincerely look forward to hosting you once again! Click here to browse through our beautiful vacation rentals.