The City of Gallatin Mayor Paige Brown announced last night she would issue a State of Emergency for the city as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak in Tennessee. As a result of this announcement, we have decided to temporarily close The Veranda beginning Thursday, March 19 as the next precautionary step in the well-being of our Veranda family.
The mayor indicated the city's notice will be in effect for seven days, but could be extended. Last night (March 17), the city reported on its Gallatin City Government Facebook page that the Sumner County Health Department verified no cases of coronavirus/COVID-19 have been confirmed in Gallatin as of yesterday afternoon (March 17.)
The most important thing we can do at this time is to be informed and remain calm, but diligent in our precautionary measures. Since all matters related to COVID-19 are rapidly evolving, we will continue to closely monitor guidance from the city, county, state and CDC to be knowledgeable in preparing our next steps in re-opening.
During The Veranda's closed period, I encourage you to continue keeping your loved ones as mentally and physically active as possible through use of various activities. As you know, activity-based socialization is paramount to your loved one's life. Activities such as crafts, music, exercise and reading are great ways to keep active. If you're not currently following The Veranda page on Facebook or a member of The Veranda's online private group "Veranda's Hidden Heroes" on Facebook, we encourage you to like our page and join the group. We will use those places to also share information to help you while The Veranda is closed during this COVID-19 crisis.
Please continue to monitor your email for updates. As always, contact me when you need; we will be here for you and your families throughout this challenging time.