FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — Franklin Mayor Ken Moore has renews the city's “Stay at Home Order” following the city’s emergency declaration and Governor Bill Lee's "Safer-at-Home" order.
All nonessential businesses have been ordered closed for seven days beginning at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. Click here to see a list of essential businesses.
The order also requires residents to stay home when possible and avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people for nonessential purposes. The mayor’s office said the order could be renewed or modified.
“We want people to think of the health of others at this time and maintain physical distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19 and possibly save lives. The City is appreciative of Governor Lee’s Safer at Home Order issued March 30 and the City of Franklin’s order is consistent with the State’s directives. We continue to urge our citizens to follow the CDC guidelines and abide by the City of Franklin’s Stay at Home Order. We appreciate your patience as our community works through these unprecedented times together. We are focused on keeping the citizens of Franklin healthy and protected to the best of our ability,” said Mayor Moore.
Elderly residents, those with underlying health conditions and people who are sick were urged to stay home except to seek medical care.
The city will allow brick and mortar businesses to provide curbside services similar to restaurant.
Franklin City Hall hours will also be reduced to be open 8 a.m. through 1 p.m. Residents may still pay their bills online, or through a payment drop box outside of City Hall near the Second Avenue parking garage.
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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)
According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.
What are the symptoms?
The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of the following symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.
The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.