FRANKLIN BRENTWOOD EDITION
VOLUME 2, ISSUE 2 MAY 25JUNE 22, 2020
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“ LOST HAVE BEEN IN THE TOURISM INDUSTRY, SOWE ARE EXCITED TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY ONCE IT IS SAFE, ONCE THEMANDATES ARE STARTING TOBE LIFTED, ONCEWE HAVE GUIDELINES IN PLACE, TOSTART INVITINGOUR VISITORS BACK.” ALMOST 40% OF JOBS ... IS HOWLONG THIS IS GOINGTOLAST, BUT I FEEL COMPLETELY CONFIDENT THAT EVENTUALLY, WE’LL RECOVER. IT’S JUST GOING TOBE “ WHATWE DON’T KNOW AMATTER OF TIME.” MATT LARGEN, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF WILLIAMSON INC.
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Shoppers walk down Main Street in downtown Franklin May 13 after Gov. Bill Lee allowed businesses to reopen. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)
Industry leaders try to identify long-term eects of shutting down; business owners ght to stay aoat
Following Lee’s announcement of the Tennessee Pledge on April 24, restaurants, businesses and local municipali- Gov. Bill ties in Williamson County have begun work to reopen during the ongoing coronavirus pan- demic, balancing the safety of the public from the virus and the work to restart the economy in a responsible way. “[The Tennessee Pledge] includes BY ALEX HOSEY AND WENDY STURGES
specic recommendations which enables most businesses to reopen responsibly without the burden of having mandates,” Lee said in his April 24 announcement. “This will be a gradual return to business-as- usual, with room to adjust as we evaluate changing data.” After weeks of limiting services for members of the public, on April 27, local businesses and restau- rants in Williamson County began CONTINUED ON 18
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