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Latest COVID-19 update from Mayor Williams

Thanks to each of you for reaching out and sending your thoughts the last few weeks. I am very concerned with the safety of all of our Farragut residents. We, like the City of Knoxville and Knox County, are following the mandates by Dr. Martha Buchanan of the Knox County Health Department.

We have taken extra steps in closing Town Hall to the public. We have staff with underlying health issues working from home with the balance practicing strict social distancing and cleanliness. We have set up a new communication system for remote meetings in order to keep the Town running in a limp mode.

Our four parks are currently open for passive use only. Park restrooms, water fountains, playgrounds, pavilions and fields are all closed. We have asked all parents to discourage their children, especially teens, from congregating at parks. We are leaving the park trails and greenways open, but remind the community to practice social distancing while out walking for fresh air and sunshine.

The new community /senior center is closed until further notice. Per Gov. Bill Lee’s mandate, all non-essential businesses are closed until further notice. All restaurants have closed their dining rooms and are using call-in/curbside pick-up or delivery. We continue to check with all other essential businesses to make sure their staff is doing their very best to enforce social distancing and cleanliness.

Unless the governor sets up border checkpoints like they are doing in other states, we have no way to keep people from traveling, which brings more of this virus into our state and county. From what we have been told, travel is the cause of positive tests in Knox County. Personal sheltering and social distancing, along with hand washing, is our best defense unless we have stricter enforceable mandates. At this time, it is everyone’s personal responsibility to follow the governor’s guidelines. We are currently under the state’s “safer at home” order, but that could easily change to “shelter in place” if the governor issues a new executive order.

On a personal note, I suggest avoiding all contact with anyone else outside family. Wear a mask and gloves when you go out for supplies, sanitizing the inside of your cars and showering as soon as you return. Remember to wear gloves when you use wipes to sanitize your mail or packages before opening. When in doubt, wash your hands again.

All Tennessee mayors will continue to have weekly conference calls with Governor Lee for new recommendations and updates.