Mayor John Cooper announced this morning in a press conference that due to recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the city will revert back to a newly modified version of Phase Two in the Roadmap for Reopening Nashville. The modified plan considers contact tracing investigations and clustering of cases around the city.
Beginning on Friday, July 3, Restaurants will move back from 75-percent capacity to 50-percent capacity (as originally permitted in Phase One). All bars in Davidson County known as “limited service restaurants” — ones that derive the majority of revenue from alcohol sales — will close for at least 14 days (one incubation cycle of the coronavirus). The Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation’s fireworks show for July 4 has also been cancelled, in order to prevent gatherings of people. Socially-driven businesses including event and entertainment venues will also close again. Gathering sizes are capped at 25 people.
From the beginning, Mayor Cooper has repeated that the Roadmap is “data driven, not date driven”. Over 600 new cases were confirmed today, bringing the total number of cases to 10,756, with 111 deaths.