Franklin, Brentwood leaders respond to mask order in Williamson County

(Courtesy Adobe Stock)
(Courtesy Adobe Stock)

(Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Local officials are coming out in support of a mask mandate issued by Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson that will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. on July 7.

Citing that the use of masks is the best defense available against the spread of coronavirus, Franklin Mayor Ken Moore said he hope to help build awareness about the importance of wearing a mask.

"I am in total support of Mayor Anderson’s executive order mandating the use of masks in our county," Moore said in a statement. "As a doctor and mayor of Franklin, I’ve urged everyone to wear a mask when in public spaces. A mask is the best defense to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Let's keep Franklin a safe place for folks to live, work and play.”

Brentwood Mayor Rhea Little said given the increases in coronavirus cases in Williamson County and statewide, it is important to lower the number of new case numbers in order to prevent overwhelming health care facilities.

“We are now facing a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases over a short period of time,” Little said in a release. “In order to prevent the overrunning of our medical infrastructure it is vital that we all use every way possible to lower the daily new case numbers as rapidly as possible. For this reason, we are in support of Mayor Rogers Anderson’s order. This is imperative as we plan to reopen schools, businesses and enjoy other activities as we have in the past. Please protect your family and others.”

Beginning July 7, several Williamson County organizations, including the Williamson County Health Department, the Downtown Franklin Association, Franklin Tomorrow and Williamson Inc., will launch the #wearamask campaign, during which community leaders will be sharing photos of themselves wearing a face mask and asking others to do the same.

In addition to government officials, industry leaders are also calling on residents to follow the order as a means to help preserve business in the area.

“I applaud Mayor Anderson for requiring masks in the county," Visit Franklin President and CEO Ellie Westman Chin said in a release. "I wear a mask because visitors are choosing to go where they have a sense of safety from the virus. A key to tourism having a major economic impact here again quickly is providing that level of confidence to visitors that our community is taking this virus seriously as we reopen.”

Westman Chin said a survey of more than 2,400 Williamson County residents showed only about 30% or less of residents felt comfortable inside a store or restaurant without a mask. Additionally, that same survey showed more than 70% of respondents believe wearing a mask can help flatten the COVID-19 curve.

National research from the U.S. Travel Association also showed that travelers were more likely to support businesses that showed a clear hygiene plan and had control on social distancing.

To help encourage more residents to wear masks, the city of Franklin is partnering with Visit Franklin to hand out 1,500 face masks at the Visitor Center in downtown Franklin while supplies last. The center will also hand out a portion of the WCHD's mask supply from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from noon-4 p.m. on Sundays.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


The second round of the Paycheck Protection Program launched Jan. 13. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Q&A: What to know about round two of the Paycheck Protection Program

Did you know that food and accommodation business can qualify for 40% more funding in a PPP loan? Find more about the second round of the program below.

Rep. Glen Casada has been placed on administrative leave according to a Jan. 8 announcement from House Speaker Cameron Sexton. (Courtesy Tennessee General Assembly)
Rep. Glen Casada on leave after federal search of office and more Nashville-area news

Read the most popular news from the past week from the Nashville area.

The new bank location will open in February. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Volunteer Bank to open location in Cool Springs

The new location will open soon along Carothers Parkway.

Tennessee is working to vaccinate vulnerable populations, including those age 75 and older. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Tennessee moves to vaccinate in long-term care facilities as COVID-19 cases climb

Beginning Jan. 13, the state—through a partnership with Walgreens and CVS—will begin vaccinating residents and staff in assisted care facilities and homes for the aged. 

Culaccino Italian Restaurant + Bar opened in early January in downtown Franklin. (Courtesy Culaccino Italian Restaurant + Bar, Victoria Rosa)
Culaccino Italian Restaurant + Bar now open in Franklin

The new eatery is now open in Harpeth Square in downtown Franklin.

The Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen is scheduled to meet next on Jan. 26. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Franklin BOMA expected to appoint former mayor John Schroer to fill vacant seat through 2021

The city of Franklin will add the seat—held by Alderperson Pearl Bransford until her death in November—to the ballot for its next election in October.

Many areas of Williamson County saw snowfall Jan. 11. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County cancels COVID-19 testing, vaccine appointments for Jan. 11 due to inclement weather

Testings and vaccinations at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center have been canceled for Jan. 11.

A new development has been proposed for land near Old Charlotte Pike, a historic corridor. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Franklin begins planning for future West Harpeth Area

The city will move forward with plans for land in the West Harpeth area later this year, including land near the historic Gentry Farm.

Glen Casada
Former state House speaker, Franklin-area Rep. Glen Casada, placed on administrative leave following federal search

In a Jan. 8 press conference, House Seaker Cameron Sexton said he could comment on why the offices were searched or the subject of the investigation. No indictments or arrests have been made.

Statewide, more than 120,000 vaccines have been distributed to date. (Courtesy Texas Children’s Hospital)
Williamson County distributes vaccines and more top Nashville-area news

Read the most popular news from the past week from Franklin and Brentwood.

Students can return to on-campus learning Jan. 11. (Courtesy Pexels)
Williamson County Schools students to return to campus Jan. 11

The decision was made after consultation with local health care officials, according to an announcement on the WCS website.

Williamson County announced Jan. 7 it will transition to a waitlist system. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County to transition to waitlist system for COVID-19 vaccines; find sign-up information here

The Williamson County COVID Priority List is currently only available to individuals eligible under the current phases of Tennessee's COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, which at this time includes those in Phases 1A1, 1A2, and residents age 75 and older.