NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nashville's City Winery will be requiring masks and proof of a COVID vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours for all indoor guests. If a guest is not vaccinated, they must show a negative test given within 72 hours of admission.
The policy change was posted to the company's website and will take effect Monday, Aug. 2.
City Winery owners have asked all guests to also wear a mask while indoors.
"At this stage in the pandemic, with the Delta variant on the rise, the remarkable roll-out of vaccines, and the overwhelming numbers of our customers now fully inoculated against COVID-19, we can create an environment that is as safe as possible moving forward. Our recent July survey indicated that more than 75% of our patrons are already vaccinated. This is very good news," a post stated on July 29.
The post by Michael Dorf & City Winery goes on to say "Accommodating this policy, leaving all politics out of it, will allow artists to earn a living again, our staff to be employed, and the arts to have a place in our society again. Your cooperation will help us to not go back to limited capacity or worse, that tragic state of closing our facilities again."
Owners reported a recent survey in July indicated more than 75% of their patrons were already vaccinated. In Nashville, that number was 90%.
In addition to a CDC vaccination card, City Winery will accept a photo of the vaccination card, email confirmations of your appointment or any correspondence that proves your vaccination status.
If you are unable to get tested before an event, City Winery will offer $15 dollar rapid tests with results available in just 8 minutes. "This has nothing to do with politics, this has nothing to do with philosophies, this is purely about safety," said Dorf.