Based on an executive order issued by Gov. Bill Lee, the City of Dickson will extend the closing of its senior center, park activities at the Dickson Housing Authority and remove goals from basketball courts.

Mayor Don Weiss announced the reopening of the senior center and DHA Community Center will be postponed until June 30 after the governor’s executive orders. Those facilities and Tennsco Community Center had been scheduled to be reopened on June 1.

“Due to the ongoing effort to control the spread of COVID-19, the governor has specifically ordered that senior centers remain closed through June 30,” Weiss said in a statement. “We had hoped the social distancing and other measures that have been taken would have allowed us to open more facilities on June 1. However, with our senior population being the most vulnerable in this pandemic, it has been determined it is in the best interest of our citizens to extend the closings.”

Based on the recommendation of the special COVID-19 Advisory Committee he appointed, Weiss closed the Dickson Senior Center and park-sponsored activities at the DHA Community Center on March 14. Under a three-phase reopening plan approved by that committee, the city reopened building lobbies on May 4 and city park facilities on May 11.

“While the city reopened its park facilities, including basketball courts, on May 11, it is clear from the governor’s order that we will again have to remove the goals while this order remains in effect,” Weiss said. “Other facilities such as playgrounds, tennis courts, walking trails and playing fields will remain open subject to the latest guidelines.”

Because the main park-sponsored activities that took place at the DHA Community Center involved walking time that attracted senior citizens and basketball play, the city has decided to extend the suspension of activities through June 30 based on the governor’s order.

Tennsco Community Center will be limited to rentals that can comply with the social distancing and other health requirements during June. Events can include up to six people per table and tables must be six feet apart. No buffets, self-serve food or open food will be allowed.

Lee’s most recent executive order extended other previous orders through June 30 including:

• Closing nursing homes and long-term care facilities to visitors unless the facility determines the visit provides critical assistance or is to a patient receiving end-of-life care;

• Allowing take-out alcohol sales at licensed restaurants; and

• Encouraging churches, weddings and funerals to follow all health and social distancing guidelines.

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