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.

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. 

On May 7, Nashville-Davidson County Mayor John Cooper announced that the Safer at Home order that applies to Nashville-Davidson County will end on Monday, May 11 and Phase 1 of the City’s Roadmap for Reopening will begin. To learn about what businesses can begin reopening in Phase 1, visit Metro’s Roadmap for Reopening page. Metro Nashville-Davidson County government is tracking health and preparedness metrics that must improve for Metro to move from Phase 1 of reopening to Phase 2. To track these metrics, go to Metro’s Roadmap for Reopening page.

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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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. Metro’s Covid-19 Response page is the best source for Metro guidelines. It also contains a dashboard to monitor Metro’s indicators for determining the pace of reopening.

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