Gov. Bill Lee issued an executive order Sunday mandating that Tennessee businesses begin to use alternative business models because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes ordering restaurants and bars to close their dining rooms, and gyms to close their doors.

Restaurant establishments are to only offer drive-thru, take-out or delivery options to their customers.

In Henry County, many businesses and organizations are making changes to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep citizens safe.


The City of Paris announced Monday in a press release that Paris city hall will be closed to the public, effective immediately.

Employees remain in city hall and are assisting people by phone and email. The dispatch office remains open, as employees are protected behind glass and have little contact with the public.

The city has also made arrangements so that payments to the city business office and to the police records office may be made on the telephone, with a 2.5% processing fee.

The city business office may be reached at 641-1402 and the police records office may be reached at 641-1413.


UT County Extension offices closed statewide on Friday. The Extension office will be closed to the public until further notice.

Following Centers for Disease Control guidelines, the office has also suspended all in-person group meetings and educational events through April 30.

Extension office employees may still be reached through phone or email.

Questions may be addressed to 642-2941 or to an employee by email.


The Toggery at Bo & Co. Boutique announced Saturday on social media it would temporarily close its door beginning on Monday.

Customers are still able to call the store at 642-5013 or text 336-8550 or 731-225-1577 to set up a personal shopping appointment. The store is also continuing with curbside service.

Bo & Co. is still booking for 2020 proms, and will offer refunds if proms are canceled.


Beginning today, Lakeway IGA will be temporarily adjusting its hours to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Co-owner Regina Spicer said The Bowling Alley, 1118 N. Market St., Paris, has closed until at least April 6 to comply with Gov. Bill Lee’s executive order.


Chris Caldwell of Service Master in Paris said his company has suspended residential services to concentrate on keeping businesses clean for their costumers during the coronavirus pandemic.

So far, the business has been able to obtain needed supplies and sanitizers to take care of these businesses.

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