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Opryland Resort set to reopen on June 25 with new cleaning protocols

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Posted at 1:44 PM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 14:50:05-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center will reopen on June 25 after the COVID-19 pandemic forced its closure two months ago.

Opryland representatives announced the decision Tuesday, saying the resort will provide new cleaning technology, hospital-grade disinfectants, new social distancing practices and enhanced cleaning protocols. They also said attendants will be sanitizing frequently throughout the day.

The resort said it has also picked Vanderbilt University Medical Center as its “wellness advisor” to support their multi-phased reopening plans.

Among the attractions reopening at the hotel, include SoundWaves, self-guided hotel and garden tours, Delta Riverboat Cruise and the Sounds of Summer and Aqua Fountain Light Show.

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The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
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Or at least two of the following symptoms:

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At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.

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