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Kingsport Strong

We are monitoring the rapidly-changing conditions of COVID-19 on every possible level. The safety and health of our residents and visitors is our top priority. We are in touch with local, state, national and international leaders in our industry so we are better equipped to serve our local tourism community through this crisis.  

City of Kingsport’s Current Plan of Re-opening:

The City of Kingsport is reopening certain facilities and buildings starting June 1 with the new Governor’s Orders that have been recently released. Please note – if a building or facility is not on the list, it won’t be opened in this next phase. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work into the next reopening phase.

  • City Hall/Customer Service – remaining closed; utility/water bills can be made in person at 109 Clay Street (old KATS station). 423-343-9860
  • Renaissance Center – building will be open with meetings allowed with limited occupancy and social distancing measures. Rentals are being taken for groups of 50 or less. 423-392-8414
  • Playgrounds – gradually opening all city playgrounds over the next week. 423-229-9457
  • Parks and Recreation Programs – currently waiting on further state guidance as to possible openings with program modifications and limited participation. 423-229-9457
  • Carousel – will open with limited hours starting June 3. 423-343-9834
  • Kingsport Public Library – will open in limited capacity with curbside book service. 423-229-9489
  • Kingsport Aquatic Center – the outdoor pool and warm water pool will be available for lap swimming/exercise/aerobics; the main pool and lazy river will open June 15 for exercise classes with limited occupancy. 423-343-9758
  • Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium – gatehouse will open; the top level of the nature center will open with limited occupancy and one-way traffic direction. Barge rides and planetarium shows will start with limited occupancy. Trails will continue to be open. 423-229-9447
  • Dog Park – will be open June 1. 423-229-9457
  • These buildings will all open June 1 and be available for rentals of 50 people or less. 423-229-9457
    • Allandale Mansion
    • Civic Auditorium
    • O. Dobbins
    • Lynn View Community Center
    • Borden Park building
    • Picnic Shelters
  • The listed facilities and buildings will remain CLOSED at this time.
    • Skate Park
    • Domtar/Brickyard fields
    • Riverview Splashpad
    • Centennial Park Fountain
    • The Senior Center
    • Herpetarium (Bays Mountain)
    • Farmstead Museum (Bays Mountain)
    • Observatory (Bays Mountain)
    • Outdoor Water Park (Kingsport Aquatic Center)

We encourage you to follow the guidance of the health experts: 

Sullivan County Health Deprtment has launched a COVID-19 public information line. For more information feel free to call our hotline number at 423-279-2777. The information line will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.

You may also call Ballad Health’s Nurse Connect at 833-822-5523 to be screened. This line is active 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

We will regularly update this page with travel-related closings, postponements and more.

For resources and updates from Your Kingsport Chamber & KOSBE, click here.

Resources from United Way of Greater Kingsport – Click here

Mental Health Resources:
Frontier Health –
CDC – COVID-19 Resources to Manage Anxiety & Stress
Mental Health America (MHA) – COVID-19 Information and Resources
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – COVID-19 Information and Resources
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry – Talking to kids about COVID-19

Ballad Health
Tri-Cities Alcoholics Anonymous
Tri-Cities Area of Narcotics Anonymous

ATTRACTION CLOSINGS 

  • Visit Kingsport offices, Visitors Center and Kingsport Chamber offices are currently closed. Please call 423.392.8800 and leave a message for immediate assistance.

💰 LOCAL BUSINESS RECOVERY FUND 💰 It is our desire to provide support to small businesses and sole proprietorships in the arts/entertainment/recreation, accommodation and food services, retail trade, and manufacturing sectors. You are eligible to apply for funding from Local Business Recovery Fund if you are an existing business whose operations have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 virus. Please visit www.regionahead.com to apply for this grant today.


The Wave Movement

In a time where the safety of our community and nation is in the spotlight, the world is relying on us all to do the right thing. This means not inviting visitors to our community or even paying a visit to our neighbors. Now is the time to look after one another, but from a safe distance.  

As we continue being socially distant, Visit Kingsport is urging neighbors to step out on their porch or yard each night at 6 p.m. to wave to your neighbors. We are all in this fight together — so get outside and say hello (a safe six feet away!).

Follow Kingsport Strong on Facebook for updates about Kingsport’s Wave Movement and share your waves with us!




Unemployment Information – Click here

Businesses Now Hiring
Food CityBusiness Information Systems
KrogerChildress Commercial Property Maintenance
Biopure ServiceDoe River Gorge
Ballad HealthDollar General
WalmartDollar Tree
Walmart Neighborhood Market Durham Hensley Health & Rehab
AldiDomino’s
The Wooden HangerGPM Investments LLC
CVS PharmacyHome Depot
WalgreensLowe’s
Crothall HealthcareMcDonald’s
Pal’sScribeAmerica
StaffProTarget
TN Dept. Of CorrectionsZaxby’s

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Beginning Monday, April 20, 2020, Emergency Child Care will be offered at no cost for essential workers in the Greater Kingsport area which include employees of restaurants, grocery stores, human and social services workers, postal workers, transportation employees, a healthcare entity, law enforcement, first responders (EMS, Fire Departments, etc.), corrections officers, military, and activated national guard personnel.* The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) hopes to lessen the financial burden for these essential employees, whether they are using licensed child care or accessing a temporary child care location. The YMCA will continue to provide children with an enriching and high quality environment to learn, grow and thrive through games, crafts, and engaging activities. Care will be supervised by experienced Y staff and in alignment with state and federal mandates, while practicing safe standards with regards to staff-to-child ratios.

The YMCA has put safety precautions in place and have been working with CDC, local health departments, and state and local governments to ensure being able to offer this emergency care. Kids sanitize hands upon arrival and throughout the day, temperatures of parents and kids are checked at drop-off, YMCA staff monitor children and look for symptoms of COVID-19 and the Y facility will continue to be cleaned with CDC approved disinfectants daily.

Emergency Child Care applications can be found on the YMCA website at ymcakpt.org/youth/emergencychildcare. This specific FREE child care funding covers children ages 5-12 for Tennessee residents. Please be sure to complete the full online application, including your validation of employment. If you have children ages 3-4 or age 13 (or if you live in Virginia) and want to utilize the Y’s Emergency Child Care, you will need to complete a different application for funding assistance through another channel, also available on the Y’s website. Those applications can be returned at the time of drop-off. Please choose the correct application that applies to your situation. Any additional questions can be sent to Sarah Anne Walker at swalker@ymcakpt.org.


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Boomtown & Co. is offering this shirt on their website – click here.

Proceeds from sales will go to Downtown Kingsport Association to assist downtown businesses during these difficult times.


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