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City of Franklin TN Declares State of Emergency
Effective March 20 at midnight, In-Person Dining Directed to Halt Returning Spring Breakers Advised to Isolate 14 days
CORRECTION: Physical distancing for returning spring breakers advised for 14 days. See below.
Franklin— Today, Franklin Mayor Dr. Ken Moore declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The number one priority is to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the community. With this declaration effective tonight, March 20, at midnight, the City is following in the footsteps of Governor Lee who declared a state of emergency for Tennessee. This is a difficult but necessary decision to indefinitely close dining service inside restaurants and bars in Franklin. Gyms and fitness centers in the city limits will be closed as well. Salons and spas are urged to limit operations to comply with CDC guidelines. Church services are advised to be held virtually if possible. These actions are based on emergency authority granted to local officials under Tennessee state law.
Mayor Moore stated, “While this suspends dine-in service, there are a variety of ways the Franklin community can support our businesses and employees. Buy a gift card for dining or salon services later in the year, or order take out. Franklin is working to set up designated pick-up parking spots for restaurants in Downtown Franklin to make it convenient for citizens to stay in their cars.”
Mayor Moore also advises those returning from a vacation during Spring Break to self-isolate and use physical distancing for 14 days, especially those who were in large crowds or flying. All citizens are urged to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This measure is to protect our most vulnerable citizens of all ages and not overwhelm our hospitals.
“While this is a difficult and uncertain time, the only way to stop the spread and save lives is to take strong action now. Williamson County currently has the second 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,” said Mayor Moore.
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