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.

JULY 2, 2020 UPDATE: 

Nashville will begin a modified Phase Two on July 3, 2020. Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in Davidson County, Nashville will begin a modified Phase Two. 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. 

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.  Then, on May 21, the Mayor announced that the city had made progress in the designated metrics, and that the city would move to Phase 2 on May 25. After one month in Phase 2, the Mayor announced that the city would continue to progress to Phase 3 on June 22, with Phase 3 lasting a minimum of 28 days. Due to a dramatic increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, the Mayor’s Office made the decision to revert back to Phase 2 with modifications beginning July 3. To learn more about the Roadmap and its impact on your business, visit Metro’s Roadmap for Reopening page. Metro Nashville-Davidson County government will continue to track health and preparedness metrics in order to determine when the city will move to Phase 4. To track these metrics and to see the details of each Phase visit Metro’s Roadmap for Reopening page.

As of Monday, June 29 at 12:01 a.m. 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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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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