It’s no secret that COVID cases are on the rise across the country. It’s also not a secret that music venues across the country can’t afford another shut down. Many bars, clubs and venues were forced to close their doors for good after the first wave, and many of those that barely survived, won’t be able to sustain another wave.
And Nashville’s answer is mandatory proof of vaccination and/or a negative COVID test before the show.
According to Rolling Stone, 11 of Nashville’s most popular music venues have come together and agreed on a vaccination policy that require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test for entry.
The Nashville clubs requiring proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test include the 5 Spot, the Basement, the Basement East, Exit/In, The End, the East Room, Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge in Madison, City Winery Nashville, and the three venues that make up the Cannery complex: the Cannery Ballroom, Mercy Lounge, and the High Watt.
3rd & Lindsley will leave it up to the artist to decide.
Here’s the message from The 5 Spot, one of the first venues to make the call:
“After due consideration we’ve made the decision to require proof of vaccination as a condition of entry into our venue beginning this Saturday, August, 7th. Everyone here has loved ones at home, not all of them enjoy good health or the widely and freely accessible luxury of vaccination. In times such as these we must behave as reasonably and responsibly as possible.
So, before you come party with us, please make sure you have your vaccination card (or a photo of it) at the ready. We will be verifying vaccination status before admission to The 5 Spot is granted. No ID? No Entry. No Vaccination? No Entry. For those who cannot be vaccinated, a 72 hour negative Covid test will get you in.”
Of course, Jason Isbell recently announced a similar policy for his shows, Garth Brooks recently announced that he might potentially cancel the rest of his tour, and with Gulf Coast Jamis rescheduling all together, fall tours are more and more in jeopardy by the day.