March 13, 2020



City of Franklin offices to restrict public access starting March 13, 2020

City offices taking action during coronavirus outbreak

FRANKLIN, IN – Due to the most recent news regarding three positive novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Johnson County, the City of Franklin is putting procedures in place to reduce the opportunity for exposure.  We are not aware of any cases in Franklin, however, the safety of our citizens will remain our top priority.  The City of Franklin departments will adhere to the following procedures:


  • We will suspend all activities at the Active Adult Center through April 6th and will consider extending the suspension of activities based on exposure risks. 
  • The Franklin Parks and Recreation Center will close beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, March 13th - April 6th and will re-evaluate risk exposure concerns to determine extending the closure.  All Parks and Recreation programming will be cancelled during the specified dates.
  • City of Franklin will be restricting public access to all City offices March 13th - April 6th and then the City will re-evaluate risk exposure to determine extending the restriction.  Each department will remain open and will be able to address questions or concerns.  Please contact the department or Franklin.IN.Gov to get their temporary operating procedure during the dates of March 13th - April 6th.


Mayor’s Office - 317.736.3602

Cemetery - 317.736.3680

City Attorney - 317.738.3365

Clerk-Treasurer - 317.736.3609

City Court - 317.736.3619

Department of Public Works - 317.736. 3640

Planning and Engineering - 317.736.3631

Fire Department - 317.736.3650

Parks and Recreation Department - 317.736.3689

Police Department - 317.736.3670

PD Non-Emergency - 317.736.5111

Street Department - 317.736.3660

Discover Downtown Franklin - 317.346.1258


  • We are increasing the amount of hand sanitizer available for employees.
  • We are increasing the frequency (multiple times a day) of sanitizing public spaces with CDC-approved cleaning products.
  • We are increasing the signage posted regarding proper handwashing practices.
  • We are discontinuing professional handshakes and or hugs as greetings.  We will default to a hand wave or an elbow bump.
  • We have discontinued the use of all water fountains.


The procedures listed are some immediate steps that have been taken to reduce the risk of exposure in public spaces.  Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for all practices we would like the citizens of Franklin to consider.


“My top priority will always be the safety of the citizens of Franklin.  The City of Franklin will continue to monitor the situation and will respond in accordance with updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Indiana State Health Department, and the Johnson County Health Department. The City offices will do business as usual, but will operate a little differently,” said Franklin Mayor Steve Barnett.

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