July 2, 2020
Dear Hospitality Community:
We want to update you today on the city’s July 4th celebration and Mayor John Cooper’s decision to move back to a modified version of Phase 2 starting tomorrow, July 3.
After putting together a small July 4 celebration that prioritized the health and safety of our city, we have decided to cancel the short fireworks show we had planned for downtown to broadcast on NewsChannel 5. While we are disappointed, the significant increase in COVID cases this week made it clear that we needed to take any steps possible to discourage crowds from gathering. As you know, we had already taken measures to minimize crowds by canceling our July 4 concert and only planning a fireworks show of a few minutes long that we would air on TV.
We hope everyone will have a safe July 4 and watch the one-hour TV special on NewsChannel5 at 9pm on Saturday. We plan to compile the best-of-the-best from previous year’s fireworks shows to include in the broadcast, along with live performances from John Hiatt, Lilly Hiatt, Keb’Mo’, and Tenille Townes.
The decision to move back to a modified Phase 2 was made after a recent spike in positive cases of coronavirus in Nashville. Today, the city reported 608 new cases, the most we have ever seen.
The following conditions will go into effect beginning July 3. Full details are available at covid19.nashville.gov. We have also included a graphic to help communicate the conditions to your employees: