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What to know about Phase 3 in the plan to reopen Nashville

The Tennessean (Nashville) logo The Tennessean (Nashville) 7/2/2020 Jon Garcia, Nashville Tennessean
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A previous version of this story contained outdated Phase 3 information. It has since been updated to reflect the city of Nashville's new rules.

JULY 2 UPDATE: Nashville announced Thursday it will step back in reopening as coronavirus cases spike.

The city will close bars for two weeks and tighten restrictions on restaurants and other businesses. 

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Restaurants, gyms and other "high-touch businesses" will return to operating at 50% of their normal capacity. Stores are limited to 75% capacity. Gatherings are capped at 25 people.

According to Mayor John Cooper, Metro Parks facilities opened in Phase Three will remain open, including dog parks, skate parks, basketball courts, and playgrounds. And recreational leagues and pools will still be permitted, as outbreaks have not been traced back to these venues or activities.

a group of people sitting at a table in front of a window: Guests at Urban Grub enjoy dinner at the restaurant along 12th Ave. South Friday, June 5, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Some tables have been separated with curtains and plexiglass material to prevent the spread of coronavirus. © George Walker IV / The Tennessean Guests at Urban Grub enjoy dinner at the restaurant along 12th Ave. South Friday, June 5, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Some tables have been separated with curtains and plexiglass material to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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Nashville Mayor John Cooper and health officials announced June 18 that the city would begin moving to phase 3 of its reopening plan on Monday.

Nashville had been in phase two since May 23, and previously entered phase one on May 11. The city's "Road to Reopening" map calls for at least 14 days of positive improvement/stability in coronavirus cases before moving to the next step. Phase 3 was delayed last week as cases in Nashville continued to rise.

REOPENING: Nashville to begin Phase 3 Monday, allowing bars and clubs to resume business

Here's what's included in phase three of the reopening plan:

Residents are encouraged to:

  • Wear masks in public
  • Work from home if possible
  • Gather in groups of no more than 25 people
  • Stay home if in high risk categories or age 65+

Restaurants

  • Restaurants can operate at 75% capacity, or maximum occupancy that can maintain social distancing, whichever is less.
  • Bar areas may open to the public at 50% or less of the maximum seated counter capacity and adhere to proper social distancing. No standing at the bar is allowed.
  • Surfaces must be cleaned after every use.
  • Live music is permitted.
  • Employees screened daily and required to wear face masks.

Gyms and fitness centers

  • Gyms can reopen to 50% capacity. Expanded social distancing requirements for more vigorous aerobic activities remain in place.
  • Employees screened daily and required to wear face masks.

Museums

  • Museums may operate at 50% capacity. Foot traffic control measures remain in place.
  • Employees screened daily and required to wear face masks.

Bars

  • May reopen at 50% capacity 
  • This includes other "socially-driven" businesses such as clubs, karaoke bars, transportainment and live event venues.
  • Employees screened daily and required to wear face masks.

Large entertainment and sports venues

  • Remain closed.

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: What to know about Phase 3 in the plan to reopen Nashville

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