Nashville CVC launches 'Good to Go' program to support businesses safely reopening

Posted at 11:05 AM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 23:48:08-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp has launched a new program to promote the safety of residents and visitors as Music City takes steps to reopen.

The voluntary "Good to Go" program will provide businesses with free resources, training, access to public health experts and support to carry out health guidelines set by the Metro Public Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We encourage every business in Nashville to join Good to Go. We believe this is the first program of this kind in the nation to provide uniform industry guidelines and comprehensive toolkits for businesses throughout the city in response to COVID-19. We want to show the world that through cooperation and collaboration, Nashville is safe and sound,” said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of NCVC. “As destinations begin to open, Good to Go will help Nashville stand apart as it ensures that our business community is following all public health guidelines and has access to leading experts at Vanderbilt Health. It will give all those who live and come to Nashville confidence and peace of mind that we are safely open for business.”

Participating businesses will be given a special green music note to display at storefronts, on the website and other materials to show its commitment to following the safety standards.

The businesses will also be recognized on the Good to Go website.

The program works in collaboration with Vanderbilt Health and Ryman Hospitality Properties.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Nashville has carefully managed many of the issues that have disproportionately impacted other major cities. Our success has been possible through creative problem solving by leaders from government and major industries who have joined together around a shared vision for how best to help the city get safely back to business,” said Jeff Balser, MD, PhD, president and CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center and dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. “Good to Go will ensure that informational tools and best practices are readily available for businesses working to keep their employees and customers safe. Vanderbilt Health is proud to play a leadership role in this effort.”

“Ryman Hospitality Properties began working with Vanderbilt Health in the early days of the pandemic to provide the teams at all of our properties – including restaurants, entertainment venues and our hotels – direct access to the nation’s foremost experts on infectious disease control,” said Colin Reed, chairman and CEO of Ryman Hospitality Properties. “We helped spearhead Good to Go because we wanted to make elements of our early work with Vanderbilt Health available so that other Nashville businesses could have access to the tools, resources and information needed to operate a business until a vaccine or treatment is available for COVID-19.”

In order to participate, business owners and managers must adopt all guidelines set by MPHD and the CDC and complete Good to Go's learning program. If you're interested in joining the program click here to sign up online by June 4.