Mayor John Cooper says his city will start ‘Phase 2’ of reopening on May 25th — with Nashville live music returning.
“This Monday, May 25th, we will move on to Phase 2 of reopening Nashville,” a statement from the mayor’s office says. “All public health metrics have shown satisfactory results.” Nashville’s Phase 2 reopening plan says restaurants and retailers can open at 75% of capacity. They must still enforce social distancing.
The Nashville live music scene can also return under this phase, with limited provisions.
Restaurants and bars can host live performers, but no more than two on stage at a time. Restaurants and bars must also observe a distance of ten feet between performers and customers. So far, no dance floors are allowed to reopen. Equipment like microphones must be sanitized after each performance. Also, a part of Phase 2 is allowing gatherings of 25 or fewer people – including parties, weddings, and meetings.
The Metro Public Health Department in Nashville recently confirmed 26 new cases of COVID-19 in Davidson County. That increases the county’s total number of cases to 4,530. The death toll for the county is 51. The real test of whether Phase 2 is possible is whether or not we see an increase of cases over the next two weeks.
The COVID-19 incubation period is around two weeks, which is when many states began reopening.
Texas started reopening last week, and researchers are expecting to see a massive spike in COVID-19 cases in Houston. A new model predicts cases may grow in Harris County, Texas, from 200 new cases a day to 2,000 by June 1st.
“Some areas – particularly in the South – that have moved more quickly to reopen are showing a higher risk for resurgence,” researchers say in a new blog post. “If people in Houston and Palm Beach aren’t being cautious with masking in crowded indoor locations, local governments may need to intervene again.”