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Tennessee venues, organizations join pledge that aims for safe return to live events

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Posted at 1:55 PM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 14:55:39-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — The Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena have announced the launch of the “Tennessee Venue Pledge,” which aims to bring back live events in the “safest possible manner.”

According to a release issued Tuesday, multiple groups across the state have already joined the Predators organization in pledging to protect their guests, performers and athletes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As additional venues throughout Tennessee follow suit, when possible, those involved are fully committed to opening and operating with the absolute highest standard of safety. Although many of these health and safety practices will live on following the eventual conclusion of the coronavirus pandemic, each group involved will continually assess best practices and changing protocols to maintain the safest venue experience possible,” the organization said Tuesday.

Other venues and organizations in Nashville have also committed to the pledge, including Marathon Music Works, The Ryman Auditorium, the Nashville Symphony and Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the Nashville Sounds and First Horizon Park, the Tennessee Titans and Nissan Stadium, and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

The Tennessee Venue Pledge reads as follows:

We, the sports, music and entertainment venues of Tennessee – in order to re-open safely and combat the spread of COVID-19, pledge to implement and enforce these cleanliness and safety standards:

  • To follow State of Tennessee, local city or county guidelines for safe venue re-opening.
  • To follow Center for Disease Control Health and Safety Guidelines.
  • To serve as Mask Ambassadors for the state of Tennessee and our communities.
  • To require protective masks be worn appropriately over the nose and mouth at all times on venue property, unless actively eating or drinking in designated location.
  • To sanitize all areas in venue prior to, during and after event according to CDC Guidelines and as often as possible.
  • To provide hand sanitizer throughout venue.
  • To require staff and encourage guests to practice good hygiene by washing hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue and avoid touching one’s face.
  • To conduct onsite temperature and health screening for all employees.
  • And finally, to encourage guests to temperature and health screen themselves at home prior to attending an event, if screening is not available onsite. If guests are not feeling well or have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case within the past 14 days, please stay home.