Franklin Mayor Dr. Ken Moore on Tuesday renewed the city’s stay-at-home order, continuing the closure of non-essential businesses.
Residents throughout the city of Franklin are required to stay home when possible and avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people for non-essential purposes. Until further notice, all businesses not performing essential services have been ordered closed for seven days beginning at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, April 1.
Per State law, this executive order is in effect for up to seven days and is subject to renewal and/or modification. While Governor Bill Lee issued a similar state-wide order on March 30, the city’s local executive order is more readily enforceable by local authorities and is consistent with the state’s directives.
Citizens will be allowed to engage in activities or perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members including pets, obtain supplies, engage in outdoor activity with physical distancing or work to provide essential products or at an essential business. See an updated detailed list of essential businesses and activities at www.franklintn.gov/stayathome, including the full renewal of the mayor’s executive order. This order is enforceable by city police, building officials and the Franklin fire marshall.
“We want people to think of the health of others at this time and maintain physical distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19 and possibly save lives,” Moore said. “The city is appreciative of Governor Lee’s safer at home order issued March 30, and the city of Franklin’s order is consistent with the state’s directives. We continue to urge our citizens to follow the CDC guidelines and abide by the city of Franklin’s stay at home order.
“We appreciate your patience as our community works through these unprecedented times together. We are focused on keeping the citizens of Franklin healthy and protected to the best of our ability.”
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Moore also issued a statement to all Franklin residents. Here it is in full:
To the Franklin Community,
For all of us, this is a time like no other, we need to rise and meet the challenge before us. We all need to work together to fight COVID-19. Our first responders, doctors, nurses and scientists are on the front lines in this battle. They are doing their part and sacrificing for our well-being. Our community members can make a difference too, by doing their part to stay home, practice physical distancing, and supporting each other over the phone or in virtual spaces.
This is a trying time when we are all being tested, this may be the greatest fight of my life and yours. I want the Franklin community to know they are not alone, we can get through this and there is hope. I have had to make some tough decisions over the last few weeks, and probably some more in the future. I appreciate the business community stepping up to protect their customers and create innovative ways they can still operate under these unprecedented circumstances. Restaurants are converting to curbside service, gyms are offering exercise programs online and medical providers are offering virtual appointments when they can. I’m especially proud of our religious leaders creating innovative ways to worship.
Our City Government is still at work. Those who can work from home are meeting every day through technology. Those in offices or public works employees are practicing physical distancing. Our first responders are on the streets, ready to serve.
I am thankful the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen have stepped up to support me with issuing our State of Emergency and Stay at Home orders. We have one of the best teams in place at the City of Franklin to serve your needs and protect our community.
Please do your part to keep one another safe.
Dr. Ken Moore, Mayor