To our 13,000 residents: downtown is ready.

To our 75,000 employees: downtown is ready.

To our 400 restaurants and shops: downtown is ready.

To the millions who visit: downtown is ready.



After silencing the music to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nashville is starting to raise the volume again. SAFELY. As the economic engine of the greater Nashville region and heart of Music City, downtown is ready.


Nashville has moved into Phase 3 with some important changes effective October 1:

  • 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


On this journey we are ALL responsible for creating a safe neighborhood and ensuring that we do not lose our hard-earned progress of reopening.


As we move through the phases of reopening our economy safely, the Nashville Downtown Partnership is here to be a resource, a sounding board, a champion for your business.  

We are amplifying our DOWNTOWN SAFE + STRONG and ask for your participation. This recovery campaign serves all of us:

  • For businesses, it conveys a sense of solidarity and pride while we reopen safely;

  • For those who live, work or play downtown, it is a reminder that the heart of the city is strong, and we ALL share the responsibility of creating a safe neighborhood so we don’t lose our hard-earned progress of reopening.




1) We’re installing sidewalk decals and with the DOWNTOWN SAFE + STRONG logo to help share the spirit of downtown.

2) We’re distributing DOWNTOWN SAFE + STRONG window clings for your storefronts.

3) We launched "DOWNTOWN DOLLARS," economic recovery e-gift card program exclusively for downtown businesses - and invite you to be a part of it! CLICK HERE to learn more and to purchase.




1) Enroll in "Downtown Dollars" as a participating business and start accepting "Downtown Dollars" at your POS. CLICK HERE for more information. 

2) Help us spread the word! Use the DOWNTOWN SAFE + STRONG media tool kit HERE and:

  • Add the logo to your business' website and social media channels

  • Share the message on social media using our suggested post copy or the hashtag #DowntownSafeDowntownStrong

3) Let us know if you'd like a window cling to put up in your storefront, we'll prioritize getting one to you; email


Downtown is Safe. Downtown is Strong.

Together, we can start the music again.



  • Visit our COVID-19 Updates page to understand how the virus impacts downtown and what we're doing to keep our streets and common spaces clean and safe.
  • Visit to fully understand all information and resources from Metro Nashville Public Health and Mayor Cooper's office.