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Updated April 28

What is Visit Franklin’s message for travelers?

When you are ready we are ready to welcome you back to Franklin and all the communities of Williamson County, safely. All statewide COVID-19 related emergency orders and mandates in Tennessee have been allowed to expire although local businesses and attractions will be abiding by appropriate social distancing and customers will be urged to wear masks unless actively eating in accordance with CDC guidance.

Is it safe to travel to Franklin/Williamson County?

That is a personal decision based on your individual comfort level. All statewide COVID-19 related emergency orders and mandates in Tennessee have been allowed to expire. Visit Franklin asks all travelers to continue to adhere to the recommendations of the CDC when it comes to the wearing of masks and remaining socially distant.

Do I have to wear a mask? 

It is not mandated by state or local officials that you were a maks in public areas of Franklin or other communities of Williamson County. However, it is highly encouraged that a mask is worn in accordance with CDC recommendations when in public spaces and proper social distance can not be maintained.

How many current COVID-19 cases are in Williamson County?

There have been 27,807 confirmed cases in Williamson County, Tennessee, with 414 of those being currently active cases.

Can I host an outdoor youth sports tournament in Williamson County?

Yes, there are currently no mandated restrictions on group or gathering size for outdoor events. However, it is encouraged to have an approved safety plan is in place for the entire tournament and all teams, spectators, and staff are asked to adhere to CDC guidance on wearing masks and maintaining social distancing when possible.

Can I host an indoor youth sports tournament in Williamson County?

Yes, there are currently no mandated restrictions on group or gathering size for indoor events. In all cases it is encouraged to have an approved safety plan is in place for the entire tournament and all teams, spectators, and staff must adhere to the individual facility requirements for wearing masks and maintaining social distancing when possible.

Can I have spectators at a youth sports tournament or event in Williamson County?

Yes.

In all cases it is encouraged to have an approved safety plan is in place for the entire tournament and all teams, spectators, and staff are asked to adhere to CDC guidance on wearing masks and maintaining social distancing when possible.

What is the impact on the tourism industry in Franklin/Williamson County?

To this point, there have been 422 known conferences and events canceled in Williamson County as a direct result of COVID-19 concerns.

Visitor spending in Williamson County has dropped from $1.31 million per day in 2019 to $230,000 per day in 2020. That equates to a loss of $183 million since April 1.

Are there any closures of note for visitors to Franklin/Williamson County?

Hotels and most types of tourism businesses are open. Retail locations and restaurants are open at full capacity while enacting social distancing but it is advised to check the business or restaurant’s individual website before arriving for the most up-to-date information. 

What are the best resources for those in the hospitality & travel industry?

Visit Franklin has compiled a number of resources for hospitality and travel industry partners that can be found here.

The federal government has issued travel advisories for several foreign countries with known COVID-19 outbreaks. Those updates can be found at:

The U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories
Centers for Disease Control Travel Notices

What are the best public health resources for Franklin/Williamson County?

The following resources can be useful for travelers or locals:

Latest status/updates on COVID-19 in Williamson County

Latest status/updates on COVID-19 in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Health has also created an information hotline that is available from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. central daily: 1-877-857-2945

The Williamson County Emergency Management has launched a coronavirus information line you can call for information regarding resources for individuals, families, and businesses, rumor mitigation, and city and county public information from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday at (615-595-4880.

The Williamson County Emergency Management has launched a text alert system for Williamson County specific updates related to COVID-19. Text keyword “WCCOVID” to 888-777.