Nashville Mayor David Briley announced Thursday that Metro will close its offices and departments early during NFL Draft weekend to help with the flow of traffic in downtown Nashville.
The closures will impact all non-essential personnel.
Metro is also encouraging its departments and agencies to consider alternative work locations for those non-essential employees on April 25 and 26, if possible.
“The NFL Draft is predicted to bring an additional 100,000 people to the downtown core each day,” said Mayor Briley. “To help mitigate traffic concerns, Metro will close early on these two days for non-essential personnel. I encourage downtown businesses to consider similar plans. I also would like to thank all of the essential employees across multiple departments who will be working to support the event.”
Mayor Briley is also encouraging downtown companies that have work-from-home capabilities to do so.
If working from home is not possible, companies should consider staggered and flexible work hours, according to a release.
The statement said the NFL Draft Committee and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp have continued to work in close coordination with Metro and the State of Tennessee to ensure the best logistical approach for building and executing the event.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon is also taking place downtown over NFL Draft weekend. The Marathon expo is April 25 and 26, and racer packet pickup will happen Friday evening.