Information on phased reopening guidelines under the TN Pledge:


Blount County Intergovernmental Public Advisory Governor’s Reopening Plan:

4-24 Joint Advisory (1)-PDF


A letter from Mayor Ron Palewski to the businesses and residents of Townsend. Please read:
























April 1, 2020

Transcript of Video:


My name is Ron Palewski and I’m the mayor of Townsend, TN.  I am here today to tell you a few things about the City of Townsend, but first I want to offer my sincere condolences to all those who have lost loved ones to the Corona virus.  As the pandemic rages and the death toll rises, our prayers and support for each other must grow more passionate.  That leads to my request to everyone concerning the City of Townsend. 

One of the monikers for our city is ‘the Gateway to Cades Cove’ because of our proximity to its entrance in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Another term for Townsend is ‘the peaceful side of the Smokies’ because we lack much of the commercialism hustle and bustle of our neighboring cities.  A vast number of you know those two facts already and that is a major reason why many thousands of you travel to or through Townsend on a consistent basis.  Please know that we, as a City, both residents and businesses, genuinely appreciate your patronage.  Our folks love this area and honestly enjoy each opportunity to show heartfelt ‘southern hospitality’ to every visitor, hoping to make everyone feel welcome.

That brings me to this painful, but absolutely necessary request.  While many Townsend businesses, and even our local government, count on tourism dollars for our economic livelihood, we must consider above everything else the health and safety of both you, our visitors, and that of our residents.  Alarmingly, we continue to see vehicles from all over the country, including those areas being hardest hit by COVID-19, even though the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is currently closed, and the federal government and CDC have issued many travel warnings. With that said, in order to strictly adhere to the Governor’s Safer At Home Executive Order No. 22, we urgently plead that you please delay all travel plans to Townsend for at least three weeks.  The mountains will still be here as beautiful as ever, and by then, we hope and pray the spread of the virus will be curtailed and businesses can extend the hospitality they are accustomed to offering and we will welcome you back with open arms.  I graciously thank you in advance for your compliance to this request and look forward to having you back as soon as we beat this pandemic!

Warmest regards,


Ron Palewski, Mayor

Townsend, TN

April 1, 2020



TN Dept. of Health:

Blount County Information:

Blount Intergovernmental Information

Link to Governor Lee’s Executive Orders:

Governor Lee extends Stay-at-Home order until April 30, 2020:






















































COVID-19 poses a serious risk to public health.  To slow the spread of the virus and practice proper social distancing, the City of Townsend will no longer be able to conduct business in person at the City Hall. All City offices are closed to the public effective 4:30 pm Tuesday March 31, 2020, in accordance with Executive Order 22 signed by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and will remain closed until at least April 14, 2020.

Offices will be staffed and services will be available by phone at 865-448-6886.  All forms pertaining to permits and licenses are available for download on the City of Townsend website and can be completed and mailed in with appropriate payment to:

                                                  City of Townsend
                                                  PO Box 307
                                                  Townsend, TN 37882




  • Traffic court scheduled for April 1, 2020 has been rescheduled to May 7, 2020.
  • To pay citations:
    • By phone: 865-448-6886
    • By mail – reference citation number and make payable to:

                                                  City of Townsend
                                                  PO Box 307
                                                  Townsend, TN 37882



The regular City Commission Meeting scheduled for April 21, 2020 and the Planning Commission Meeting scheduled for April 9, 2020 will be conducted and recorded electronically and will be posted on the City’s website and social media sites for public viewing.



The City of Townsend will not be accepting rental requests for the Community Center or the City Park until further notice.



Townsend Restaurant Availability for Delivery/Carry-Out:




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