Thousands of people have been asking how long will Nashville be shut down?
Nashville Mayor, John Cooper, released his plan to reopen the economy in a four phase plan amid the COVID-19 pandemic!
In a press conference, Mayor Cooper states: "The hard truth is that our city will be living with COVID-19 until there is an effective vaccine for the virus. Living with COVID-19 means returning to work with COVID-19.""
Mayor Cooper outlined the economic reopening in four phases and the public health benchmarks REQUIRED to advance to the next phase!
As stated in the Mayor Coopers press release, each phase is contingent on a decline or stability of COVID-19 cases over a 14 day period.
Here's a quick over view of the plan and what each phase entails cited from FOX 17:
The following businesses will reopen with proper social distancing restrictions including operating at half capacity, wearing cloth masks, screening of employees and sending those home with temperatures of 100.4 degrees or higher and posting all information needed for staff and customers.
Retail and Commercial Businesses
Restaurants and bars (Extra restrictions for no shared condiments, others)
If, after a minimum of 14 days in Phase One, the trend of new cases continues to decline or remains flat, Nashville may proceed to Phase Two. All health precautions continue per Phase One.
In hospitals, emergency rooms, ambulatory surgery centers and outpatient clinic settings
Retail and other commercial businessopen with physical distancing maintained and at 3/4 capacity, cleaning of carts, explicit expectations for frequent hand hygiene and wearing of cloth masks by employees and patrons.
Restaurants and bars serving food from a menu may open at 3/4 capacity maintaining strict physical distancing.
Hair, Nail, Massage and Tattoo Businessescan open but should follow the CDC’s guidance for employers including limiting the number of patrons and staff to less than 10, social distancing, no walk-ins, services by appointment only, spacing patrons in waiting areas, and posting signs not to enter and reschedule if ill.
If, after a minimum of 14 days in Phase Two, the trend of new cases continues to decline or remains flat, Nashville may proceed to Phase Three of reopening.
Allelective outpatient and inpatient healthcare activitiesmay proceed with screening and testing as indicated in Phase Two.
Retail and other commercial businessopen with physical distancing maintained and at full capacity
Restaurants and barsserving food from a menu may open at full capacity maintaining strict physical distancing.
All remaining bars and entertainment and cultural venuesare opened at 1/2 capacity, consistent with proper social distancing. This includesmuseums, tours, attractions, bowling alleys, movie theaters,etc.
Fitness and personal hygiene businesses may reopen
Allowsmall gatherings of 100 or fewer peoplewith strict physical distancing protocols implemented at the gathering.
Nonresidential K-12 Schoolsare reopened
The following businesses shall continue to operate under previous guidance:Health care, Hair, Nail, Massage and Tattoo Businesses
Social distancing measures would remain in effect for the following populations:
Except when performing essential services, those over age 65 and those with high risk factors should remain safer at home.
Work from home should continue whenever possible, and cloth masks should be worn in public
If, after a minimum of 14 days in Phase Three, the trend of new cases continues to decline or remains flat, Nashville may proceed to Phase Four of reopening.
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