July 3rd Re-Opening Postponed - The George Jones

July 3rd Re-Opening Postponed

We are disappointed that our plans to reopen have been put on hold, but the safety and health of our community and guests is our TOP priority!


Here  is an update from the Nashville Convention and Visitor’s Corp:

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 HiattLilly HiattKeb’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:

Phase 2
All employees of Nashville businesses must continue to be screened daily and wear face masks. Nashville residents also must continue to wear face masks when leaving their homes.
  • Bars close for 14 days. Once they reopen, they must put in dividers to physically separate performers from audiences.
  • Restaurants and bars that serve food revert to 50% capacity.
    • IF: Less than 50% of revenue comes from the sale of food, bars must close for a minimum of 14 days
    • IF: More than 50% of revenue comes from the sale of food, then revert to 50% occupancy or 100 patrons per floor.
    • Bar Counters Closed
  • Retail and other commercial businesses remain at 75% capacity.
  • Event and entertainment venues close.
  • Musicians can continue to perform in businesses that are open, with the necessary social distancing precautions.
  • Gyms and high-touch businesses, such as nail and hair salons, remain open at 50% capacity.
  • Museums and attractions remain open at 50% capacity.
  • Metro parks, dog parks, basketball and tennis courts, and recreational leagues remain open.
  • No gatherings over 25 people.
  • Businesses should continue work at home if possible.
  • Residents 65 and older or with underlying health conditions should remain at home.
  • Everyone should wear a face mask or face covering when leaving home.
  • Everyone should keep at least 6 feet from others at all times when in the community.

While today’s developments are not where we hoped to be, it shows we must double down on our efforts to be vigilant. Please continue to stay home when you can, practice social distancing, and wear a face covering as directed by the mask mandate. We appreciate your compliance.

Butch Spyridon
President and CEO
Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp