Weekly Wrap-Up: April 30, 2021

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The Weekly

Wrap Up

April 30, 2021

 

Your MEMBER ONLY email on all things the Chamber worked on this week

and what you need to know to get the most out of your membership.

Thank you for being a member.

During this time of national crisis, when information and connections are so important,

the Weekly Wrap-Up will be made available to members and non-members.

We are here for you and in this together.

CEO Brief

Where did April go? How is it May? I hope you are ready for June and Pride month, we have a lot coming your way for it. We have a lot to do to make it all happen, I am glad the legislature is wrapping so we can focus more on other areas for a moment. You should have just received the Advocacy Update, it speaks for itself how bad things are in regards to discriminatory legislation and we will wait and see what the impact and fallout is. It would be easy to be depressed where things stand, I am trying to stay upbeat and optimistic (and have a little laugh) with our other work.

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Nominees for the Pride In Business Awards have submitted their information, Friday was the deadline to return it and now we will turn the info over to the judges and select the finalist! Look for that announcement soon on who you will get to VOTE for. Buy your tickets to the awards and support our work and help honor the finalist. There are still a few sponsorship spots available as well.

 

A lot of COVID news this week, check out the section below for info on reopening, additional loans, and vaccinations! 

 

It was sad and infuriating to see LGBT bullying occur last weekend when a local CEO mocked and threatened a gay teen who wore a dress to prom. We were pleased to see the swift and decisive actions of the company he worked for firing him and making clear their culture of inclusivityI spoke with their new CEO this week and we look forward to working with them to better their LGBTQ+ policies and learn and move forward from this sad occurrence. 

 

It was welcome news to see the Metro School Board show support for LGBTQ+ youth. We have had a long working relationship with MNPS and thank the board for affirming LGBTQ+ students and staff. Support is definitely needed right now. 

 

There was no Thursday programming this week, we are planning a full month ahead, take a peek below at what we have coming up. Lauren is on a much-needed and deserved vacation! I hope you have travel plans in store too. Enjoy this weekend! Get vaccinated if you are not already! I hope to see you soon in person! 

 

ADVOCATE

Please see the ADVOCACY Update sent earlier today for a full report.

EDUCATE

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.

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As of Friday May 14th at 12:01 am, all COVID-19 capacity limitations will be lifted.

  • Stadium capacity determined by facility management
  • Support local restaurants
  • As you get together with friends, encourage them to get vaccinated
  • Make plans to get vaccinated and go to events
  • Indoor mask mandate remains in effect

May 14th marks 6 weeks since the vaccine became available to all adults in Nashville. 6 weeks is the time needed to reach full immunity from the slowest of the 3 available vaccines.

 

Learn more at covid19.nashville.gov

 

CONNECT

 
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TICKETS & SPONSORSHIPS ON SALE

PRIDE IN BUSINESS AWARDS 2021

Do you have tickets? What are you waiting for?

 

After having to cancel the awards in 2020 due to COVID-19, we are ready to celebrate. Get connected to our signature event now!

 
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REGISTER NOW

RAINBOW CONNECTION SERIES

We will start another month of valuable programming on Thursday, May 6th with AM Brewing Up Business. Make sure you are connected to all of our networking and education opportunities by registering now.

 
 
 

MEMBERSHIP

Please join us in welcoming the following businesses that JOINED our Chamber this week:

  • Networking: Lavender Park Bridal

MEMBER BENEFIT CHECK-IN

 

Did you know that members of the Nashville LGBT Chamber receive a discount on Pride in Business Awards tickets? Log into your Member Portal to make sure your membership invoice is paid and join us on June 4th for the Awards!

 

Reach out to Lauren if you have any questions!

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