Nashville enters Phase Three of reopening plan Monday

Coronavirus

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Nashville will move into Phase Three of the Road to Reopening plan on Monday.

Phase Three allows all Metro Parks and facilities, schools, educational facilities and summer camps to open.

Restaurants may continue to offer dine-in service at 3/4 capacity and bars may open at half capacity. Event spaces and music venues can open to half capacity or 250 people.

What opens when? View the 4-phases of re-openings

Phase Three

Mayor John Cooper addressed why he thinks Nashville is ready for Phase Three despite being delayed by COVID-19 case numbers.

“This decision has been made in the interest of protecting all Nashvillians, our workers and our residents, and to protect our longstanding reputation for safety, which is instrumental to the vitality of our tourism and hospitality industries,” explained Mayor Cooper.

Dr. Alex Jahangir has been leading Nashville’s COVID-19 response for months and reminds everyone the virus may spread when you feel most comfortable.

“Spread is happening when people are not social distancing and wearing masks. It’s not happening because people are going to gyms, it’s not happening because they are going to restaurants, it’s not happening because people are taking a walk in the park or getting their haircut, it’s happening when there is a bunch of people together, often they know each other, often they feel more comfort and ease with each other and so they don’t practice social distancing,” said Dr. Jahangir.

Phase Three:

If, after a minimum of 14 days in Phase Two, the trend of new cases continues to decline or remains flat, Nashville may proceed to Phase Three of reopening.

The following businesses/industries would reopen in Phase Three:

  • All elective outpatient and inpatient healthcare activities may proceed with screening and testing as indicated in Phase Two.
  • Retail and other commercial business open with physical distancing maintained and at 75-percent capacity with cleaning of carts, explicit expectations for frequent hand hygiene and wearing of cloth masks by employees and patrons.
  • Screen daily all employees with temperature and respiratory symptom checks. Employees with temperatures of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit must leave the premises immediately.
  • Post information about health precautions for patrons, employees and staff (such as maintaining a distance while lining up for checkout). Automate doors, reduce the number of people using elevators, provide hand sanitizer to the extent possible.
  • Advise employees with any symptoms of illness to be tested and to stay home until they receive test results. Create policies that make it possible for employees to isolate and quarantine.
  • Restaurants and bars serving food from a menu may open at full capacity maintaining strict physical distancing.
  • Screen daily all employees for respiratory symptoms and with temperature checks. Employees with temperatures of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit must leave the premises immediately.
  • Post information about health precautions for patrons, employees and staff (such as maintaining a distance while lining up for checkout). Automate doors, reduce the number of people using elevators, provide hand sanitizer to the extent possible.
  • Advise employees with any symptoms of illness to be tested and to stay home until they receive test results. Create policies that make it possible for employees to isolate and quarantine.
  • Physical distancing must be maintained in kitchens and dining rooms.
  • Bar areas may open, but only at 50% of seating capacity. No standing at bars.
  • Live music is now permitted with proper social distancing.
  • Self-service food and shared condiments are not permitted.
  • Require that restaurants clean all surfaces after single use by patron.
  • Recommend use of disposable menus.
  • Employees required to wear cloth masks.
  • Take-out alcohol sales will remain.
  • All remaining bars and entertainment and cultural venues are opened at ½ capacity, consistent with proper social distancing. This includes museums, tours, attractions, bowling alleys, movie theaters, etc.
  • Screen daily all employees for respiratory symptoms and with temperature checks. Employees with temperatures of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit must leave the premises immediately.
  • Post information about health precautions for patrons, employees and staff (such as maintaining a distance while lining up for checkout). Automate doors, reduce the number of people using elevators, provide hand sanitizer to the extent possible.
  • Advise employees with any symptoms of illness to be tested and to stay home until they receive test results. Create policies that make it possible for employees to isolate and quarantine.
  • Require that bars clean all surfaces after single use by patron.
  • Employees required to wear cloth masks.
  • Fitness and personal hygiene businesses may reopen
  • Screen daily all employees for respiratory symptoms and with temperature checks. Employees with temperatures of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit must leave the premises immediately. Employees required to wear cloth masks.
  • Post information about health precautions for patrons, employees and staff (such as maintaining a distance while lining up for checkout). Automate doors, reduce the number of people using elevators, provide hand sanitizer to the extent possible.
  • Advise employees with any symptoms of illness to be tested and to stay home until they receive test results. Create policies that make it possible for employees to isolate and quarantine.
  • Require that equipment surfaces be cleaned after single use by patron.
  • Allow small gatherings of 100 or fewer people with strict physical distancing protocols implemented at the gathering.
  • Such gatherings include meetings, religious services, weddings, etc.
  • Nonresidential K-12 Schools are reopened.

The following businesses shall continue to operate under previous guidance:

  • Health care
  • Hair, Nail, Massage and Tattoo Businesses

Social distancing measures would remain in effect for the following populations:

  • Except when performing essential services, those over age 65 and those with high risk factors should remain safer at home.
  • Work from home should continue whenever possible, and cloth masks should be worn in public

If there is a significant increase in active cases during Phase Three, Nashville should revert to Phase Two.

COVID-19 in Tennessee

(This reflects what the TDH is reporting each day at 2 p.m. CST )

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