Reopening Guide

As the Metro Nashville-Davidson County government (Metro) and the State of Tennessee (State) amend or lift Safer at Home orders, businesses have questions about if, when and how they can reopen. Businesses are also looking for guidance about how to reopen in a manner that keeps their employees, customers and the general public safe.


Executive Order No. 65 declares a continuing state of emergency in Tennessee to help facilitate the most effective response to COVID and also extends a prior order that authorizes governing bodies to meet electronically when conducting essential business, as long as they remain open and transparent to the general public.  This order shall remain effective until December 27, 2020

Executive Order No. 66 extends a prior order allowing for remote notarization and remote witnessing of documents to allow Tennesseans to continue to engage in commerce and execute legal documents without interruption.  This order shall remain effective until December 29, 2020

Executive Order No. 67 extends a prior order allowing for certain telehealth services and staff flexibility for medical professionals.  This order shall remain effective until December 29, 2020.

November 2, 2020 METRO UPDATE: 

Nashville extended Phase Three on November 2, 2020.  Metro Nashville has developed a Roadmap for Reopening Nashville to guide the city through each phase of reopening.

On April 24, Governor Bill Lee announced that Tennessee businesses would reopen starting with restaurants and retail the week of April 27. Nashville-Davidson County and five other counties retain the right to set the timeline for phased reopening. 

As of June 29, Dr. Michael Caldwell, Director of the Metro Public Health Department, issued Public Health Order 8 that mandates the use of facial coverings or masks. Facial coverings or masks must be worn when in indoor and outdoor public spaces. There are a few unique settings and circumstances that facial coverings or masks will not be required. To learn more details visit Metro’s page on Public Health Order 8.

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Reopening Guide incorporates guidance provided by Metro specifically for Davidson County businesses and by the State for other counties, as well as best practices from industry associations. This information will help you reopen in a way which complies with state and local guidelines and guidance to protect your employees and customers.

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We are hosting multiple webinars this week to assist you with reopening your business. Click here to RSVP


This site is intended for informational purposes only. The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce does not endorse or recommend any of the guidance or practices located on this site. Business owners should consult with their attorney to ensure compliance with local, state and federal requirements.  

In all cases, businesses should stay abreast of guidance from local and state health departments and follow all requirements provided by the CDCTennessee Department of Health and the Metro Nashville/Davidson County Health Department and any applicable federal or regulatory rules.

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