Updated 6:02 p.m. April 14
Franklin Mayor Ken Moore announced the renewal of the city-wide state of emergency declaration and stay-at-home order due to coronavirus concerns on April 14.
The state of emergency declaration was first announced by the mayor on March 20, with the stay at home order put into place March 25.
The mayor is allowed by law to issue the order to last for up to seven days, meaning it will expire next week. However, the order is expected to be renewed each week until further notice, according to the city.
As the positive cases of coronavirus in Williamson County have risen to over 300 since the first case in the state was initially reported March 5, the stay at home order for Franklin is intended to slow the spread of the virus.
According to the city, the stay-at-home order will be enforced by the Franklin Police Department, and any nonessential businesses and activities not in compliance with the order will be met with a warning followed by a citation until at least April 15.
Businesses considered to be essential include the following: healthcare operations, grocery and beverage stores, food cultivation (farming livestock and fishing), businesses that provide food and shelter to others, news media services, gas stations, auto-repair and service shops, banks, hardware stores, post offices, laundromats, restaurants providing take-out and delivery options, supply-chain companies, transportation services, home repair and maintenance services, legal and consulting services, childcare facilities, senior care, blood donor operations, hotels, motels, funeral homes, waste removal services and any other service the mayor deems essential.
Essential activities, or activities where one can reasonably leave their home, included the following:
- activities or tasks essential to health and safety
- to obtain necessary supplies for yourself and your household
- to deliver those supplies to others, to engage in outdoor activity (provided you comply with physical distancing requirements)
- to perform work related to essential services
- to perform payroll or critical administrative duties for a business
- to care for a family member or pet belonging to another household