Tuesday it was announced that all pandemic restrictions and capacity limits will be dropped on May 14 at 12:01am. The city will continue the requirement of mask-wearing indoors and a strong recommendation that they are worn outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained. The CDC also came out with new guidelines on this point.
That means dance floors can reopen. Bars, restaurants, stores, and gyms won’t have capacity limits. And there is no size limit on gatherings, meaning events from weddings to conventions to sports can resume with no restrictions. You will no longer be required to submit event applications for events after May 14.
The Metro Public Health Department said organizations or businesses may on their own decide to limit capacities, require masks outdoors or impose other protective measures, but they will not be mandated by the city. Health officials said they are lifting restrictions because of positive vaccination rates, vaccine accessibility, and lower case rates. More than 40 percent of Davidson County residents have received at least one dose, and they are focusing on reaching higher levels in the coming months.
This announcement is a major step forward for our member’s recovery, and we could not have gotten here without the partnership of city leaders, public health officials, and – most importantly – all of you. Thank you!
We cannot say it enough: Please get vaccinated and encourage all those around you to get the vaccine. The city said it could return to restrictions if they see an increase in cases, hospitalizations, or deaths. We are not totally out of the woods yet, but we are more encouraged than we have ever been in the past year.