Besides music, Nashville is famous for the bars on Broadway, and the firework show on 4th of July. Beginning this Friday, July 3rd, all bars will be forced to close their doors for at least the next two weeks. Restaurants, gyms, and other businesses will need to operate at a 50% capacity, retail stores at 75% capacity and gatherings must be limited to 25 people. The city’s famous 4th of July fireworks display, which draw visitors from all over the country, has also been canceled.
Beginning Friday, July 3, Nashville will revert to a modified version of Phase 2. Moving forward, bars must close for a minimum of 14 days, restaurants, gyms and high-touch businesses may open at 50% capacity, retail stores at 75%, and gatherings will be limited to 25 people. pic.twitter.com/bpBfxdfpOs
— Mayor John Cooper (@JohnCooper4Nash) July 2, 2020
As of July 2, 2020, the city of Nashville which is located in Davidson County has had a total number of 10,743 confirmed cases of COVID-19 according to Nashville’s Daily Metro COVID19 Press Update. 7,473 of those individuals have recovered from the virus and a total of 108 people have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19.
While the number of people being tested and positive cases continue to rise, officials are grateful that the number of deaths due to COVID-19 are on the decline.
In an effort to continue its recovery, Nashville’s mayor John Cooper announced that he asked the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp to cancel Saturday’s planned fireworks in downtown Nashville.
They released a statement saying:
“After putting together a small July 4th 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.”
With the news of the cancelled firework show, Nashville residents are looking for safe alternatives to celebrate while following CDC guidelines.
Watch the video below to take a peek at last years firework show in Nashville.