On behalf of the city of Pigeon Forge, our hearts go out to everyone affected by the coronavirus and the far-reaching impact it is having on our daily lives.
As we all deal with these extraordinary circumstances, our first and most important responsibility is everyone’s safety. As of March 23, 2020, the Pigeon Forge City Commission and I have implored all non-essential businesses in Pigeon Forge to close and remain closed until April 6. Also, we have issued a Safe at Home Advisory for our residents, advising them to stay inside their homes for the next 14 days and immediately limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs. Both are necessary next steps in our ongoing efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The city of Pigeon Forge is actively monitoring developments surrounding the coronavirus. Once again, I want to emphasize that the safety and health of our visitors, residents and employees is of paramount importance to us.
Pigeon Forge Mayor
In compliance with our city leaders’ request that non-essential businesses close to limit exposure, most, if not all, of our local attractions are closed. We appreciate their efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. As circumstances change, we will update re-openings here.
Other local businesses*:
*Updated as of Monday, March 31 as of 5p EST
Our neighbor, Great Smoky Mountains National Park has announced that all park areas, except the Foothills Parkway and Spur, will remain closed until further notice, in alignment with efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 across the region.
Park managers will continue to evaluate regional conditions and work with local communities to assess dates for an orderly reopening of park facilities in a manner that provides for the health and safety of employees, volunteers, partners, residents, and visitors.
- The Corvette Expo has been postponed from March 20 – March 21 to May 29 – May 30
- The Pentecostal Fire Youth Conference scheduled for April 2 – April 3 at The LeConte Center has been cancelled. Please visit their website for any updates
- Pigeon Forge’s Chuck Wagon Cookoff, including lunch, the Saturday evening concert, Sunday’s breakfast and Cowboy Church, on April 4 and 5 has been cancelled
- The 22nd Annual Spring Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament scheduled April 4-5 has been postponed to June 13-14
- The Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run has been postponed from April 16-18 to May 7-9
- The Women of Joy: Rise Up 2020 Tour scheduled at the The Leconte Center has been postponed from April 24-26 to June 5-7
- Wilderness Wildlife Week scheduled for May 5 – 9 at The LeConte Center has been cancelled
As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation continues to unfold, it is important to understand the facts and rely on credible sources for news and information. For more information about COVID-19, please visit these sites:
- Centers for Disease Control’s Coronavirus
- Tennessee Dept. of Health Coronavirus
- World Health Organization
- National Institutes of Health
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. It is recommended that everyone take the following precautions:
- Stay home when sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Current recommendations limit group sizes to no more than 10.
- Cover coughs or sneezes with tissues and discard tissues in the trash;
- Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- Clean frequently-touched surfaces with a disinfectant;
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.