COVID-19 AND DOWNTOWN: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
As a partner and resource for those who live, work, or play in downtown Nashville, the Nashville Downtown Partnership is closely monitoring the rapidly changing COVID-19 virus situation in our community. Our focus is keeping our downtown residents, businesses, employees and visitors safe and healthy.
On March 15, Mayor Cooper and the Metropolitan Board of Health of Nashville and Davidson County declared a public health emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and on March 22, Metro Nashville Department of Public Health issued a Safer at Home Order.
You can read more about what this means for individuals and businesses throughout Davidson County, HERE. We urge all to do their part to combat the spread of this virus and stay healthy. Metro Nashville has a good resource for these guidelines HERE.
Metro Nashville COVID-19 Hotline: (615) 862-7777. This line is available daily 7 am - 7 pm (Central Time Zone). Call volume may be high, so callers are urged to call again if getting a busy signal.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Vanderbilt University Medical Center has established a telephone hotline for its patients and employees who are concerned they could be ill with COVID-19: (888) 312-0847. This line is available daily, 7 am - 7 pm (Central Time Zone).
Metro Health Board: For up-to-date information from the Metro Health Board, visit https://www.nashville.gov/Health-Department/Coronavirus.aspx
Centers for Disease Prevention and Control: The CDC has a comprehensive list of guidelines to follow HERE.
DOWNTOWN: WHAT HAS CHANGED
DINING: As of March 20, dining in at restaurants has been restricted. While some downtown establishments have voluntarily closed, many remain open with adjusting operations and now offer the ability to serve without face-to-face contact. New services include curbside pick-up, delivery, and take-out. Governor Lee has made an executive order allowing the sale of alcohol with such purchases, to be sold in closed containers to those who are 21 and up. Our Downtown Dining page has been updated to identify businesses that are carrying out these additional services.
RETAIL: Some retail stores are temporarily closed, but many are offering delivery, online shopping, and gift card purchases. Our Downtown Shopping page has been updated to show their current status.
PARKS: While Metro parks remain open, there are restrictions, with closures impacting playgrounds, dog parks, skate parks, picnic shelters, and sport courts.
ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES: Only "essential businesses" are authorized to remain open as of midnight on March 22. Click HERE for a list of allowable activities and essential businesses.
For more up-to-date information, please contact businesses directly. A downtown directory of businesses and their contact information can be found on our website, HERE.
The COVID-19 Response Fund was created to assist Nashville individuals and families experiencing financial hardship due to this virus. Visit nashvilleresponsefund.com/individuals to learn how you can apply for assistance with rent/mortgage, utilities, or food.
HOW YOU CAN SAFELY SUPPORT DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE
While we all stay SAFER AT HOME and practice #SocialDistancing, please consider supporting your local downtown business community however you can. With 73% of our merchants being locally owned, you can support by:
- Buying a gift card
- Ordering a family meal for take-out
- Shopping your favorite downtown merchants online
NASHVILLE DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP OPERATIONS
NOTE: Our administrative offices will be closed to the public as of March 19 until further notice, while our staff adhere to recommendations and guidelines by working remotely. To contact us, please call (615) 743-3090.
Our ParkIt! Downtown shuttles remain in operation (with a 9 passenger limit). Our drivers have received training and supplies to carry this out safely.
Our Clean and Safe programs continue to operate without disruption, as downtown remains a neighborhood in need of these services to take care of our residents and businesses. Ambassadors have received training and equipment to carry out their tasks safely.
BEEP (Best Ever Event Parking), providing FREE shuttle transportation to Bridgestone Arena events, is suspended until further notice.
Parking in our managed garages (Library Garage and Metro Courthouse Garage) remain in operation at regular rates.
With the CDC urging that gatherings of 50+ people be canceled over the next eight weeks nationwide, many downtown events have been canceled or postponed. Our EVENTS listing may not be up to date. Please check with each event host directly regarding the status of the event.
The Nashville Downtown Partnership fully supports the Mayor's and the Board of Health's current recommendations. We understand that this is a disruption to and hardship on "business as usual," but encourage our community and neighborhood to practice social distancing so downtown Nashville can get back to doing what it does best, at full speed: to serve as the compelling urban center in the Southeast in which to LIVE, WORK, PLAY and INVEST.