Franklin Mayor Dr. Ken Moore on Tuesday announced a stay-at-home order following the declaration of emergency on Friday, March 20.
This order closes 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, March 25. This executive order is in effect for seven days and is subject to renewal and/or modification.
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, work to provide essential products or at an essential business. All essential activities and businesses are listed at www.franklintn.gov/stayathome, including the full executive order.
People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and people who are sick are urged to stay in their residence to the extent possible except as necessary to seek medical care.
To support small businesses, the city will allow brick and mortar businesses to provide curbside services similar to restaurant establishments. By eliminating a gathering location inside their respective stores, these businesses are doing their part to stop the spread of the virus while still serving their customers which allows them to retain their employees.
“While this is a difficult and uncertain time, the only way to stop the spread and save lives is to take strong action now,” Moore said. “Williamson County currently has the third highest number of cases in the state of Tennessee. The safety and health of our community are the city’s top priority, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this time.”
This new public health measure is an extension of actions the city has already taken based on the guidance of public health experts to reduce public gatherings and contact. The order will further protect Franklin residents, reduce the risk of community spread of COVID-19 and support flattening the curve of the coronavirus across Franklin and surrounding Williamson County.
In addition to the stay-at-home order, the city will limit in-office hours at City Hall Monday through Friday. The new hours will be 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Bill pay is available online, and there is a payment drop box outside City Hall near the Second Ave. parking garage.
All city services continue to operate — some virtually, some with limited staff in office. Public safety workers in the fire and police departments are continuing their normal hours and shifts, and all trash collection is running on schedule with exception to Blue Bin Recycling which was suspended during the COVID-19 response.
For more information about city services and other resources, go to www.franklintn.gov/covid-19.
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