NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nashville Mayor John Cooper says Nashville will begin Phase 2 of reopening on Monday.
Cooper provided the update Thursday morning during his COVID-19 briefing, saying the city "is ready" to begin the next phase.
Retail and commercial businesses can now operate at 75% capacity. Employees must still be screened daily and wear masks. Additionally, all residents should wear masks or face coverings at all times if leaving home.
"Remember, a face mask protects others in case you have the virus but are not showing symptoms," said Dr. Alex Jahangir.
Cooper said live music can return in a phased format with no more than 25 people in the venue. He said no more than two performers can be on stage at one time and dance floors will remain closed.
High touch businesses like nail/hair salons and gyms can open at 50% capacity.
Restaurants and bars serving food may now operate dine-in service at 75% capacity. However, bars must remain closed.
Those who can work from home were encouraged to continue doing so. You should still continue social distancing and keep at least six feet away from others at all time, including while outdoors.
Metro Health officials said over the past two weeks, Nashville has seen a sustained average decrease in new cases. They said the following data helped determine their decision to move on to the next phase.
Watch the full briefing below:
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