To further combat the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Dr. Ken Moore has issued a Stay at Home Order directing all individuals currently living within the City of Franklin to stay at their place of residence unless engaged in Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, or Essential Travel as outlined in Executive Order 2020-04.
For purposes of this Order, residences include, but are not limited to, hotels, motels, shared rental units, and similar facilities.
All public and private gatherings of more than ten (10) people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited, except for the limited purposes as expressly permitted by this Order. Nothing in this Order prohibits the gathering of members of a household or living unit.
For purposes of this Order, individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following "Essential Activities." Even though Essential Activity is permitted under this Order, all persons are strongly encouraged to limit to the greatest extent possible the frequency of engaging in Essential Activity. When engaged in Essential Activity persons shall at all times follow the Health Guidelines of the CDC to the greatest extent practicable.
- 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, but not limited to, pets), such as, by way of example only and without limitation, obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from home.
- To obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or to deliver those services or supplies to others.
- To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with Physical Distancing Requirements as defined in this Order, such as, by way of example and without limitation, driving or riding in a vehicle, walking, hiking, dog walking, running, biking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, golf, tennis, or other sports or recreational activities that can be performed while maintaining the aforementioned precautions or utilizing public parks and outdoor recreation areas. Congregating or playing on playgrounds presents a unique risk for the spread of COVID-19 and is therefore not covered as an Essential Activity.
- To perform work providing essential products and services at an Essential Business or to otherwise carry out activities specifically permitted in this Order, including Minimum Basic Operations and Essential Travel.
- To perform payroll and other critical administrative functions for any business, including businesses not defined as essential.
- To care for a family member or pet in another household.
- Visiting a place of worship or attending a wedding or funeral; provided, that the Health Guidelines of the CDC are followed to the greatest extent practicable. However, it is strongly encouraged that the public celebration component of weddings and funerals be postponed or attended only by close family members. However, places of worship are strongly encouraged to utilize electronic means and provide virtual services to its members.
However, 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.
- Healthcare Operations and Essential Infrastructure as defined in this Order;
- Grocery and beverage stores, certified farmers' markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, catering, and other similar establishments. This includes stores that sell groceries and also sell other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences;
- Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing;
- Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals;
- Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services;
- Gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities, including automobile purchases that are conducted by phone or electronically and delivered to the customer or provided to the customer by pick-up;
- Banks and related financial institutions;
- Hardware stores, home and business repair, construction (commercial and residential), and facilities design businesses;
- Insurance businesses and services;
- Plumbers, landscaping services, electricians, exterminators, cleaning, janitorial, property management, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses;
- Businesses providing mailing, shipping and logistic services, including post office boxes;
- Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers;
- Electronic, cell phone, and internet retail businesses;
- Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery or carry out. Schools and other entities that typically provide free food services to students or members of the public may continue to do so under this Order on the condition that the food is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up and take- away basis only. Schools and other entities that provide food services under this exemption shall not permit the food to be eaten at the site where it is provided, or at any other gathering site;
- Manufacturing companies, distributors, and supply chain companies producing, storing, shipping, and supplying essential products and services in and for industries such as pharmaceutical, technology, biotechnology, healthcare, medical supplies, shipping and paper supplies, chemicals and sanitization, waste pickup and disposal, agriculture, food and beverage, transportation, energy, steel and steel products, petroleum and fuel, mining, construction, national defense, communications, as well as products used by other Essential Businesses;
- Businesses that supply other Essential Businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate or facilitate individuals to work from home, such as office supplies;
- Businesses that provide goods or services exclusively through curbside pick-up, drive thru, shipment or delivery. This shall include any business that did not previously provide goods or services in this manner, but develops a procedure to provide its goods and services in this manner;
- Transportation services including buses, airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers (such as Uber and Lyft) providing transportation services necessary for Essential Activities and other purposes expressly authorized in this Order;
- Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children, people with developmental disabilities, with intellectual disabilities, substance use disorders, and/or mental illness;
- Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, children, people with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, substance use disorders, and/or mental illness;
- Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities;
- Childcare and daycare facilities, prioritizing services to employees of businesses exempted in this Order to work as permitted. Daycare and childcare facilities must use Physical Distancing and COVID-19 risk mitigation practices in their operations;
- Hotels and motels, to the extent used for lodging and delivery or carry-out food services;
- Funeral homes, crematoriums, mortuary and burial services;
- Private waste removal and recycling services;
- Blood donor operations;
- All other critical infrastructure businesses not otherwise listed but identified in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response issued on March 19, 2020;
- Real Estate Businesses that provide transactional services, final walk through and final inspections and can show homes either electronically or virtually; and
- Any other business or service that the Mayor determines is essential for the safety and public health of the City.
Governor Lee’s Executive Order No. 22 states that businesses or organizations that perform close-contact personal services and entertainment or recreational gathering venues shall not be open to members of the public and therefore deemed not essential. As such, those businesses shall not be open to members of the public in the City.
Even though Essential Business is permitted under this Order, all persons are strongly encouraged to limit to the greatest extent possible the frequency of engaging in Essential Business. When engaged in Essential Business persons shall at all times follow the Health Guidelines of the CDC to the greatest extent practicable. For those offices, workplaces, and businesses that remain open as permitted by this Order, employers should take steps to the greatest extent practicable to equip and permit employees to work from home, and employees and their customers should practice good hygiene and observe the Health Guidelines of the CDC and take necessary precautions advised by the President and the CDC to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
- Any travel related to the provision of or access to Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, Essential Businesses, or Minimum Basic Operations.
- Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons.
- Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services.
- Travel to return to a place of residence from outside the jurisdiction.
- Travel required by law enforcement or court order.
- Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the City. Individuals are strongly encouraged to verify that their transportation out of the City remains available and functional prior to commencing such travel.