Nashville remains in Phase 2 of reopening as COVID-19 trend is elevated


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —Nashville will be staying in Phase Two of economic reopening as city leaders say the 14-day case trend is elevated.

Mayor Cooper said in a Monday news conference that more data needs to be looked at.

Cooper said Nashville will remain in Phase Two "for at least a few days longer" while "we await more data." Cooper said that he'll work with Metro Health officials as needed to update the Roadmap to Reopening.

Dr. Alex Jahangir said the 14-day rolling average has increased by 29 cases daily over the last two weeks.

As of Monday,Nashville had more than 7,000 COVID-19 cases, including confirmed and probable, 83 deaths and 5,498 recoveries.More than 1,000 of those cases are currently active.

Cooper said new cases were from neighborhoods throughout Davidson County. Metro Health continues a focused effort to hotspots in the southeast part of the county.

Phase Two: What's Open?

Phase Two includes reopening of tattoo parlors, barbershops, hair and nail salons but limits customers to 10 or less customers or half capacity, whichever one comes first.

Gyms and other high-touch businesses can open at half capacity.

Restaurants, bars that serve food and retailers are allowed to increase their capacity limits to 3/4 instead of half. Bar seating is still not allowed and tables should be 6 feet away. Lower Broadway will again come alive with music as live entertainment is allowed as long as there is a minimum of 15 feet of space between performers and audiences. Dance floors remain closed.

It also allows small gatherings, like meetings religious services and weddings, up to fewer than 25 people with strict social distancing guidelines.

All residents are asked to wear face masks or coverings in public. Folks are still being asked to work from home if they're able to do so.

Those 65 years old or older with underlying health conditions should remain home.

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