NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — More businesses are signing onto a program intended to protect employees and customers in Nashville bars.
The "Good To Go pledge" is a program for businesses to train their staff to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The volunteer program encourages businesses to learn about wearing masks, social distancing and other methods of protection against coronavirus.
So far, 600 businesses have signed up. The management at Ol Smokey Distillery said they’re taking the rules very seriously.
"We said sure. Let's jump on board. Because we obviously, not only want our employees, but our visitors to feel comfortable and feel safe and have a good time,” said Johnny Baker, director of sales for the distillery.
The business has erected plexiglass barriers around of the bars in the building. They’ve also placed directional arrows on the ground and signs around the business instructing patrons to social distance.
"With the mask ordinance, we're supplying masks to people if they need them. We're being very couth. We're not being ugly to people and for the most part, it's been well received,” said Baker.
The business will ask patrons to leave who refuse to follow the mask policy, though. They want the business to be safe for everyone. They’ll allow masks to be off to drink and eat.