Updated January 22
Guidance for Travelers
While travelers visiting Franklin and all of Williamson County are welcomed, for the safety of local residents and hospitality industry employees they are expected to continue practicing proper hygiene and appropriate social distancing. Visitors should note that the state of Tennessee is in a continued state of emergency as declared by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee that encourages working from home when possible, and adherence to proper social distancing guidance. Additionally, locally in Franklin and all of Williamson County, the wearing of face masks or cloth face coverings is mandated in all public settings where social distance can not be maintained. If needed free masks are available at the visitor center in downtown Franklin.
With the safety of visitors and their staff top of mind, area shops, restaurants, and attractions are ready to welcome you back, and to do so in a healthy manner are adhering to state-wide safety recommendations laid out in the Tennessee Pledge. For your safety, all businesses and attractions are requiring masks to be worn inside in accordance with the local mandate. Likewise, visitors will find restaurant dining rooms operating at full occupancy but with appropriate social distancing highly encouraged and employees and customers will, in most cases, be required to wear masks (unless eating). Visitors will be able to quickly and easily identify businesses that have committed to their safety by taking the Tennessee Pledge by simply looking for the Tennessee Pledge posters and/or stickers near the front door of a business.
What to know about masks
In general, if you are in public and can not maintain six feet of social distancing, you are required to wear a mask. Wearing a mask is known to help slow the spread of COVID-19. There are some exemptions to the mask requirement, including medical exemptions that can be viewed here.
– Williamson County has had 21,906 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 1,586 of those being currently active cases.
– December 28, Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson extended a mandate through February 27 requiring the wearing of masks and/or cloth face coverings when in public spaces and social distance can not be maintained.
– January 19, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order No. 74, superseding previous orders, again allowing social gatherings of 10 or more people while still encouraging social distancing.
Follow these for the latest real-time updates and information:
- • The Tennessee Pledge, the state of Tennessee’s roadmap to the reopening of businesses in 89 of the state’s 95 counties.
- The Williamson County Health Department offers local facts and links to additional state and national resources, as well as local government closures and cancelations.
- Recursos e Información en Español Sobre COVID-19
- The Tennessee Response & Statewide Resources from the office of Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, with daily updates from the Governor’s office and locations of remote assessment sites.
- The Tennessee Department of Health has opened a Tennessee Coronavirus Public Information Line in partnership with the Tennessee Poison Center. The number is 877-857-2945 and is available daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central time.
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provide the latest updates on the national level, as well as several resources on what you can use to answer common questions about COVID-19.
- The Nashville International Airport (which services Franklin) is continuing to implement continuous cleaning protocols that comply with CDC guidance. Find more about Nashville International Airport’s efforts on its website.