Just a few days after announcing that Nashville would remain in Phase 2 of Mayor Cooper's "Roadmap to Re-opening", it was announced that we would in fact enter Phase 3 on Monday (June 22nd).
The transmission rate in Davidson County is at 1, and officials cite a 3-day stabilization trend in the decision to move to the next phase.
So what does Phase 3 mean for you?
Well, for starters you'll probably see Pedal Taverns back on the road soon, as "trasnportainment" can reopen at half-capacity.
Restaurants and retail stores must continue at 75% capacity, but the bar areas of restaurants, which were up until now supposed to be closed off, will be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity.
Additionally, salons, gyms, and attractions like museums must stay at 50%, and large entertainment and sports venues will remain closed until Phase 4. Masks are still recommended.
Many popular tourist destinations in Nashville are already beginning the re-opening process.
The Nashville Zoo and Adventure Science Center re-opened to the public today. Nashville Shores has recently re-opened with restrictions, and the Frist Art Museum is set to open next week.
So how long until we're in Phase 4? Well, it's probably going to be awhile. Some lawmakers are hesitant already about the move to Phase 3, as a recent spike in cases is causing some to hesitate. And with Phase 4 basically being "back to normal" with large gatherings, concerts, and sports games, it will likely be weeks if not months before health officials are comfortable with that measure.