Tellico Village COVID-19 Update
During this time, Tellico Village’s top priority is the health and safety of our staff, residents, and visitors. To adhere to the CDC guidelines, we have implemented new safety measures and visitation guidelines.
The Village is again welcoming visitors. To help inform and plan your visit, we’ve assembled the following information to ensure you feel comfortable about traveling to one of the best retirement communities in the country.
COVID-19 Update Now, we’re open!
Coronavirus in Tennessee summarizes the latest information on the Coronavirus in the state and in the two counties which encompass Tellico Village.
Your safety and security as well as that of our residents and staff is a priority of the Village’s Board and administration. To better understand the guidelines the community is operating under, please read the Tellico Village COVID-19 Guidelines section.
Despite some restrictions, there is plenty to do in the re-opened Tellico Village. Tellico Village Amenity Status outlines the accessibility and limitations regarding the Village’s amenities.
The best way to see Tellico Village is via a Discovery Package which include tours of the community. Read about the latest on our Discovery Packages in the Discovery Package Update section.
The one thing we’ve learned over the past couple months is the situation and information surrounding the Coronavirus is fluid. We’re committed to updating this section regularly. If you, however, have questions or need clarification on a possible trip to East Tennessee, please contact us.Contact Us
Coronavirus in Tennessee We’ve Been Very Fortunate!
On April 30, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee ended stay-at-home orders and most businesses were systematically opened during May with social distancing guidelines and capacity limits. Overall, the State has been successful in limiting the impact of the Coronavirus, especially in East Tennessee where Tellico Village is located.
As of August 10, 2020, Tennessee Coronavirus deaths per 1M population ranks 18th lowest among the 50 states. Although Coronavirus cases per 1M population are about average (18,145 in Tennessee verses 15,865 average U.S.), this is largely due to the state’s aggressive testing program (currently ranks 7th among states in tests per 1M population). Moreover, Tennessee has begun including “probable” as well as “confirmed” cases in its Coronavirus case count.
Fortunately for Tellico Village, East Tennessee has been significantly less impacted by the Coronavirus than West Tennessee. As of August 10th, Loudon County (home to about 90 percent of Tellico Village) has had 749 cases and 3 death and Monroe County (about ten percent of the Village) has had 452 cases and 9 deaths. Nearby Knox County (home to Knoxville and the University of Tennessee) has had a total of 4,685 cases and 40 deaths.
This limited impact notwithstanding, the Tellico Village Property Owners Board of Directors and POA staff have directed and executed an extensive Coronavirus initiative from the beginning. While successfully protecting residents, visitors and staff, this has still enabled a superior quality of life through every step in this process.
Tellico Village COVID-19 Guidelines Keeping Everyone Safe!
Tellico Village is committed to keeping visitors, residents and staff safe. Since the onset of the pandemic the Village has been adhering to guidelines issued by the CDC and the Tennessee department of Health. Consistent with that activity, ask yourself these questions and, if the answer to any is positive, please don’t plan for your trip to begin for at least 14 days. Consistent with Tennessee COVID 19 guidelines and procedures, you may also be asked these questions during your visit. The questions:
- Have you been ill, have a cough or fever, or tested positive for COVID-19?
- Has anyone in your household been ill or tested positive for COVID-19?
- Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
- Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?
- Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?
- Have you had a new loss of taste or smell?
- Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?
Health and Safety Procedures:
As mentioned our staff is following the CDC guidelines by:
- Cleaning/disinfecting all equipment and surfaces
- All employees must wear facial masks
- Maintaining 6 feet apart
- Screening employees and visitors
This phased opening will be evaluated often. Protocols may change as necessary for ease of operation and/or as directives change from the federal, state, or local level. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we move forward while remaining dedicated to keeping everyone’s safety as our number one priority.
Tellico Village Amenity Status Trip Advisory: Come Have Fun in Tellico Village!
Living in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and on beautiful Tellico Lake, provides countless opportunities to enjoy all types of the Village’s outdoor amenities.
Our three championship golf courses have been open throughout the pandemic. And, yes, we play golf year-around. Each has a distinct playing personality and many holes on each of the courses skirt the lake. The courses:
- Tansai playing 6,731 yards;
- Toqua playing 7,049 yards
- Kahite playing 7,170 yards
There are more than 20 miles of walking and hiking trails in the community that meander through many of the Village’s neighborhoods. Surprisingly, some internal trails plunge so deep into forests that you’ll forget then many Villagers live just yards from where you are hiking.
After all this outdoor activity, if you are looking for a bite to eat: all of our restaurants are open for business! Parties of up to 10 people are permitted in all dining rooms, and takeout/curbside services are available at all locations during operating hours.
Yacht Club’s Blue Heron Restaurant hours of operation:
Bar: 4 pm | Dinner: 5 – 9pm; Tuesday – Saturday
Tanasi Bar & Grill hours of operation:
10:30am – 8pm; 7 days a week
Kahite Pub & Grill hours of operation:
10:30am – 7pm; 7 days a week
Toqua Sports Bar & Grill hours of operation:
10:30am – 8pm; 7 days a week
The community’s recreational facilities including the Wellness Center, Chota Recreation, Kahite Community Center and Kahite Activity Center are available to by appointment to members only. No guest passes will be accepted at this time.
Discovery Tour Update Discovery Packages are Operational!
On May 1 the suspension of Tellico Village Discovery Packages was lifted. One of the country’s best retirement communities is welcoming visitors again. Village facilities are being continually sanitized and staff are employing appropriate social distancing practices. It is safe to visit Tellico Village.
Many of the community’s highly-regarded volunteer tour guides have returned to the Welcome Center to offer customized tours of the Village. Villagers provide useful and meaningful perspectives of the community, which only a resident can furnish. Villager lead tours are part of the Experience Package or can be booked as a Day Tour. Investigate these options via this link.
Out of an abundance caution, for the protection of the community’s visitors and residents, some limitations apply to current Tellico Village Discovery Package tours:
- All recreational facilities, pools and courts are closed to visitors. There is limited access to the Wellness Center on guided tours;
- The Tellico Village Yacht Club is open for tours on Monday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm; Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; closed to tours on Saturday and Sunday;
- Social distancing principles are encouraged and exercised at all the Village’s clubhouse and Yacht Club restaurants.
During your visit to Tellico Village you’ll gain an awareness of what your life might be like in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
And, you’ll meet some of the nicest people, who will welcome you and give you a window on what it would be like to be a Tellico Villager.Discovery Packages