Nashville mayor releases phased reopening plan for metro area

Williamson County awaits guidelines from state

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Nashville Mayor John Cooper COVID-19 briefing

Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced the phased reopening plan for Davidson County's economy as Williamson County awaits guidelines from Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced the phased reopening plan for the metro area Thursday morning, preceding the state's release of its plan for 89 counties.

On Monday, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said he would not extend his stay-at-home order past April 30, saying that some businesses will be allowed to reopen as soon as April 27. He shared that the six Tennessee counties with their own health departments (not a state department) will devise their own plans while the remaining counties, including Williamson, will follow the state's guidelines to be released this week.

While many Williamson County residents wait on the governor's plan, those with Davidson ties can now begin to plan for the near future by considering the neighboring county's regulations.

The onset of the metro area's four-phase plan, Cooper said, is contingent on "an acceptably stable or sustained decline in new COVID-19 cases over a 14-day period, adequate testing and PPEs capacity for our region, a robust public health infrastructure to conduct contact tracing investigations throughout our community and low transmission rates."

With a spike in new cases reported by the Tennessee Department of Health Wednesday, representing 8.9% growth since Tuesday in Davidson county compared to 2.6% growth the previous day and 1.7% growth in Williamson County since Tuesday compared to 0.6% growth the previous day, case decline in both counties has been interrupted. This would imply that Nashville will wait at least two weeks before initiating phase one of Cooper's plan.

Listed below are the four phases of reopening for Nashville, with advancement to each phase dependent on a 14-day stability or decline of COVID-19 metrics. Upon reopening of restaurants, bars and fitness centers, surfaces must be cleaned after every use in every phase.

Phase one

• No gatherings with 10 or more people will be allowed, and residents must wear masks in public.

• Restaurants and retail stores will open at half capacity. Bar areas are to be closed, and no live music is allowed.

• Routine and elective medical and dental procedures will be allowed.

• All employees will be screened daily and wear face masks.

Phase two

• Gatherings of 50 or less are OK with face masks. Working from home is still encouraged.

• Restaurants and retail stores can open up to 3/4 capacity. Bar areas are still to be closed, and no live music is allowed.

• Salons can open by appointment only, and total number of staff and customers in the facility is capped at 10 at one time.

• All employees will still be screened daily and wear face masks.

• Playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts will open considering social distancing measures.

Phase three

• Gatherings of up to 100 are allowed. Working from home is still encouraged.

• Nonresidential K–12 schools can reopen.

• Restaurants and retail stores can open at full capacity. Bars and bar areas are to open at half capacity, and live music is allowed.

• Other entertainment venues (museums, theaters, etc.) can open at half capacity.

• All employees must still be screened daily and wear masks.

Phase four

• Gatherings of over 100 are OK, and working from home is options. Wearing masks in public is optional but recommended.

• Bars and entertainment venues can open at full capacity.

• Sports and large event venues can open.

• All employees must still be screened daily and are recommended to wear masks.

Read the full plan below, or visit asafenashville.org for more information.

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