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Posted on: April 3, 2020

County Offices Close to the Public Due to COVID-19


Yesterday, the Governor issued a Stay at Home Executive Order. That order specifies governmental functions as essential services, so it does not directly affect county government. It does direct people to stay home when not engaged in essential functions or seeking essential services, and Williamson County is going to do its part to assist in the Governor’s message for the protection of the health and safety of our citizens and employees.

For the duration of the Governor’s mandatory Stay at Home order (currently in effect through April 14), I am directing that county offices be open to the public on Tuesday and Thursday only, and only by appointment on those days. Any business that can be conducted by phone, electronically, or by mail will be conducted in that manner rather than in person. Each office should strictly enforce that practice, so that only those activities that cannot be conducted in an alternative manner will be conducted in person. County offices will continue to operate Monday through Friday but will not be open to the public except as noted.

This directive shall not apply to the buildings where judicial functions are conducted (including the courthouse, judicial center, and juvenile court) or to the jail, but special rules may apply to the operations in those buildings by virtue of orders of the Tennessee Supreme Court and/or directives of the Presiding Judge of the 21st Judicial District issued pursuant to the Supreme Court Orders, and/or directives of the Williamson County Sheriff.

For those activities that must be performed in person, each office will develop a process for making appointments and will announce that to the public. The County’s website will share information related to this process and signage at the external doors to the building should provide relevant information as well. This process should include the number to call to make an appointment and what to do when the public comes to the building. The external doors to the building will remain locked, and citizens may gain entry only pursuant to appointment and prior arrangement with the appropriate department.

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