Public libraries in Williamson, Davidson counties to close to combat spread of coronavirus

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Updated March 17, 8:30 a.m.

Public libraries in Williamson and Davidson counties have announced they will close amid the local coronavirus outbreaks, according to social media posts from both library systems. Williamson County locations will be closed until further notice, and Nashville Public Library locations are expected to reopen April 6. Library members will not be charged for overdue books during this time.

Online resources will still be available for library members during the closures.

Original post, March 13, 1:52 p.m.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in the region, officials with the YMCA of Middle Tennessee have announced they are canceling programing for seniors until further notice.

While YMCA officials said they are following guidance from Metro Nashville officials on promoting good hygiene and staying home when sick, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that older individuals and people with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk of getting seriously ill.

"Based on this guidance, we have no plans to close our centers at this time. However, out of an abundance of caution for our seniors, we believe it is best to cancel our Active Older Adult programming until further notice, beginning Friday, March 13. All classes will still be offered today," officials said in an announcement.

The YMCA of Middle Tennessee operates 16 locations in the region, including multiple locations in Davidson and Williamson counties.

"Please know that we do not take this decision lightly, but that is coming from a desire to keep our seniors safe and help facilitate the social distancing that the Centers for Disease Control is recommending," YMCA officials said. "We will continue to provide updates as the situation develops."
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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