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.
Effective October 1, Nashville has moved into Phase 3. There are new changes for Nashville residents, visitors and businesses to observe. Please note the following changes:
- Restaurants will remain at 50% capacity limitations but are now allowed to seat parties of up 8 instead of just 6.
- Bars are limited to 50% capacity or 100 customers per floor and outdoor areas – whichever is less.
- Curfew for bars and restaurants remains 11:00 pm
- Live music is permitted at restaurants and bars, but dance floors must still remain closed.
- Events are allowed the lesser of 500 attendees or 30% capacity of their venue when provided city approval. Previously, these events were limited 125 people.
- Gatherings that do not get prior approval from the city are still capped at 25 attendees.
- Restrictions that prevented gyms from holding team sports or opening saunas and steam rooms will now be lifted.
- Retail stores and other commercial businesses will remain at 75% capacity.
- Museums remain open at 50% capacity and can now resume guided tours at 50% capacity. Interactive exhibits may reopen when sanitized between each use.
- Barber shops, nail salons and other “close contact personal service businesses” remain limited to a capacity of 50% and require customers be distanced in waiting areas
Please continue healthy habits and ensure your business and employees follow all ordinances. For more information, visit www.asafenashville.org
Please remember that masks are required to be worn in our community to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives!
Public Health Order 8 requires cloth face coverings or masks to be worn in Nashville and Davidson County, as of June 29, 2020.
The CDC has put together information on how to safely wear and take off your face covering, how to make one at home, recommendations and more resources 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
Our Clean and Safe Ambassadors continue to operate safely (with PPE) without disruption, adding cleaning protocols such as disinfecting highly trafficked, high-touch spaces and surfaces in the public realm, daily. Downtown will be clean, safe and attractive as we slowly reactivate our downtown economy and recreational vibrancy over the months ahead.
DINING & RETAIL: With Nashville currently in Phase Three, retail stores and commercial businesses may continue to operate at 3/4 capacity, while restaurants may operate dine-in services at 1/2 capacity, and bars may reopen with social distancing up to a max of 100 patrons indoors and additional 100 patrons outdoors. While there are several downtown businesses that are still operating with modifications, please contact the businesses directly for more information.
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.
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. Our drivers have received training and supplies to carry this out 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.
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.