Nashville 2-Steps Back into Covid19 Troubles
Updated: Mar 13
(CU) - Late last week, Nashville mayor John Cooper announced 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.
Health leaders have found a record number of clusters at bars that have infected customers, employees and musicians, which is why they have to shut their doors. The continued mass protest gatherings have also been cited as a reason for the inability of Nashville to move forward with minimizing Covid19.
As part of the rollback, bars must now remain closed for 14 days, after the city says its investigating 30 COVID-19 cases linked to 10 different bars. Restaurants will now operate dine-in service at half capacity, a reduction from the 75 percent capacity allowed during Phase Three. Gatherings of 25 people or more will no longer be permitted until further notice. On a lighter note, local government has decided to allow basketball courts, dogs parks, splash pads, skate parks, and recreational sports leagues to remain open to the public.
During a peak tourist weekend, Nashville's decision to cancel the city fireworks show was viewed as best case and mirrored by other cities in Middle Tennessee. The return to phase two is expected to continue for at least a few more weeks.
Eric Fisher, CU