Jonesborough announces facility closures

Johnson City Press • Updated Mar 18, 2020 at 8:17 PM

After trying to maintain business as usual “as much as possible,” Jonesborough has decided to alter its operations as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

What’s changing

Starting March 18, the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center, McKinney Center, Jonesborough Senior Center and parts of Jonesborough’s Town Hall will be closed to the general public through April 17.

The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre has also canceled its remaining performances of “Shrek,” and will allow ticketholders to donate, receive a voucher or be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket.

“In the interest of everyone’s well-being the town has made temporary alterations to operations,” a statement from the town read. “The town has restricted public access to facilities where possible, increased cleaning and sanitation efforts as well as providing all staff with detailed instruction on minimizing infection.”

Jonesborough’s Music on the Square Anniversary Gala and Masterpiece Mingle have been postponed as well. The March StoryTown Radio show, Easter Eggstravaganza and Donald Davis storytelling concert have all been canceled.

Jonesborough recycling pickup has also been suspended, and residents are urged to save their recyclables until pick-up resumes in mid-April.

What’s staying the same

Jonesborough garbage pickup will continue on normal schedule, and workers will continue to report for work at the aforementioned facilities. As a result, you can call the respective facility for more information on closures and policy changes.

There’s more

Jonesborough’s Board of Mayor and Alderman still plans to hold its monthly meeting on March 24, but will cancel “non-essential” meetings.

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