Nashville had previously announced the rules for phase 2 of reopening the city, with live music allowed but limited to two musicians on stage at a time. But the city revised those rules on Friday, announcing that there is now NO LIMIT on the number of musicians allowed on stage at one time. That’s right: Full band shows are BACK in Nashville!
The guidelines state that musicians still must have enough room to maintain social distance, which would naturally limit the number of people that bands can fit on a stage at one time. All performers must pass COVID-19 screening questions and have their temperature taken before taking the stage. Performers also have to bring all of their own equipment, and the stage has to be sanitized between acts. The music has to be “kept at a volume that allows venue staff to speak to and serve customers from a six-foot distance” (yeah, ok).
While bars are technically still closed during this phase, they’re allowed to reopen if they serve food.
Most bars at least offer some kind of food that would allow them to reopen – and those that didn’t before are finding some creative ways to meet the requirement so that they can open their doors. (Shoutout to Legends for their new menu of Lunchables and Uncrustables).
It’s great to see Nashville moving along with the reopening plan at a faster pace than most expected, and also for adjusting the rules as needed. These new regulations make a lot more sense than not allowing any musicians, or limiting it to an arbitrary number. Plus, it’s just weird sitting in a honky tonk with no live music playing.
So for the time being, it looks like Nashville is taking another step towards getting back to normal – and I’m sure we’ll see the bachelorette parties back out in force before long too.
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